Undergraduate Student Spotlight
"Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being?" -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Deidre Sandall

Deidre Sandall
Major: Biological Systems Engineering
Hometown: Blair, NE
Emphasis Area: Bioenergy and Food Engineering

What do you enjoy most about UNL?:
My favorite part about UNL is the great environment between everyone. I love that everyone is friendly, and that we are our own community within the city of Lincoln and the state of Nebraska. The university’s faculty, students, and staff do a great job of making students feel like this is home.
Are you involved in any activities outside of class? If so, which ones?:
I have been involved in ASABE, University Honors Program, being a teaching assistant for ENGR 100, and residence hall government. Currently, I am one of three ambassadors for the BSE department, and I have just returned from a co-op term with Cargill.
Of all the courses you’ve taken, what is your favorite class, and what made it so enjoyable?:
My favorite classes have been ALEC 102 (Interpersonal Skills for Leadership), and BSEN 244 (Thermodynamics). I enjoyed BSEN 244 because I had an opportunity to use knowledge from other classes and apply it to engineering problems. ALEC 102 was a great class because I learned about some of the skills necessary to be a leader and developed my own leadership abilities and style, as well as allowed me to become a TA for ENRG 100.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?:
My greatest achievement so far as been working as a TA for ENGR 100 and fostering other young engineers in their leadership. I loved being able to see the development of students from the beginning of the semester and how much their views had changed on leadership and themselves.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?:
After I graduate, I plan on applying to jobs within either the food or pharmaceutical industry and use my engineering knowledge to aid in production or research. Someday, I’d like to earn a master’s degree in either engineering or business.
Do you have any advice that you would like to share with prospective students?:
Don’t be afraid to try something new or out of your comfort zone. Sometimes the best opportunities are the ones you don’t seek out or expect. You will learn so much more about yourself if you have diverse experiences.