Feature Stories 2022: Christopher Gravelle '22: Why he chose UMassD

Christopher Gravelle
Christopher earns his BS degree this May and will continue his master's degree studies at UMassD's College of Engineering (Photographer: Karl Dominey).
Feature Stories 2022: Christopher Gravelle '22: Why he chose UMassD
Christopher Gravelle '22: Why he chose UMassD

The electrical and computer engineering major talks about how his professors, mentors, & peers helped him find a strong sense of community.

Christopher, initially, you began your college studies at Cape Cod Community College. Why did you decide to transfer to UMass Dartmouth?

"I chose to attend UMass Dartmouth because it made sense for me at the time. The Electrical and Computer Engineering program seemed rigorous, the cost is affordable, the surrounding area is beautiful, and I actually like the architecture."

What drew you to your major?

"I figured that learning skills related to electronics and computing would always be in demand. It seemed like a secure future with strong earning potential. I am incredibly pleased with the decision. I feel like I am very well equipped to continue on with graduate studies or join the workforce."

Did you pursue any leadership roles during your time as a student?

"I am currently the president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Club. We recently helped arrange an alumni event honoring our retiring and recently retired faculty. Around 100 people attended, and it seemed like everyone had a great time. The role has helped prepare me for life after graduation by helping me learn how to communicate with others and be organized."

Can you tell us about your internship?

"I worked at MITRE Corp. during the summer of 2021 as an electrical engineering intern. Even though my internship was remote, the experience was excellent. My education prepared me to tackle my daily responsibilities. I felt capable of having technical conversations with my colleagues and did not feel out of my depth while pursuing solutions to the problems at hand. This experience has also prepared me in the sense that I cannot wait for the lifestyle of a working professional. While engineering student life can be tough, it is rewarding."

What’s your favorite thing about UMassD?

"The community is easily my favorite part. I have gotten to know so many people, many of whom I consider close friends. I really feel like I have gotten to know my professors and peers as colleagues and appreciate all their efforts and guidance as mentors. It feels like family."

What are your plans after graduation? What do you hope to do?

"I am planning on continuing my studies. I will pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering under Dr. John Buck. I will start research for my thesis this summer. I’m also hoping to get in some good outdoor rock climbing this summer. I haven’t thought much further than that."