Dani FarrenName:  Daniele Farren

Major/Graduation Year:  Electrical Engineering with a Biomedical Specialization, Class of 2021

Hometown: Longview, Texas

Why did I choose to study engineering at Lyle?  I chose Lyle because of the importance they place on each individual student’s growth and personal relationships with the professors!

What is your favorite extracurricular activity?  My favorite extracurricular activity is Student Foundation, which is responsible for putting on SMU’s traditions such as Family Weekend, Celebration of Lights, and Peruna Palooza. I am on the Communications committee as a photographer so I get to take pictures at all of our events!

Favorite Engineering Class?  My favorite engineering class so far has been Intro to EE! Professor Douglas provided a broad, informative, and interesting overview of everything Electrical Engineering has to offer.

Favorite Place in Dallas?  I really love the Dallas Farmers Market and all of the fun community events they put on!

Favorite SMU Moment?  My favorite moment at SMU would definitely be being apart of the Mob at the basketball games and getting to show so much school spirit and support our team!

What advice would I give to a prospective engineering student or someone who is thinking about studying engineering?  I would just say to not be put off by the fact that everyone says engineering is going to be hard and a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong,  it definitely is but if you put in the work, you’re going to succeed and learn so much along the way!


Mariah TinkerName: Mariah Tinker '21

Study Abroad Experience: This past summer, I traveled abroad through the SMU-in-Germany study abroad program, and it was such an amazing experience! I had never been to Europe before, so I was incredibly excited to finally explore a new continent. In Germany, I took C++ and beginner German. It was such a great experience because I was able to learn German in Germany AND experience the German culture all at the same time! 

Through the program, I was able to see various parts of Germany, and even visit another country! The program took us on trips to Berlin, Munich, and Leipzig. We also visited Buchenwald, which was a concentration camp a bus ride away from where we were staying and studying in Weimar. These trips were very interesting because I was able to learn so many new things about the places we visited and explore with my friends during free time. On our free weekends, we were given the opportunity to go on trips with groups of friends, and I visited Heidelberg in Germany one weekend and Prague in the Czech Republic on another weekend! Everything was so beautiful, fun, and an unforgettable experience!