FRANKIE SCHORSCH '20My name is Frankie Schorsch and I'm a rising junior studying Mechanical Engineering. Coincidentally, the suburb I’m from is Highland Park, just like the town surrounding SMU, but it's located in the suburbs of Chicago. I just can’t seem to leave HP! Getting involved here at SMU I have gotten to meet so many great people from various different backgrounds, it’s really an incredible thing. Outside of engineering, I am a member of a social fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, as well as a professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. Extracurricular life has been great here, but what really drew me to want to be in Lyle is all of its unique resources of which students can take advantage.

I was very impressed with SMU as a whole, but Lyle is what really sold me on coming here, and I have never looked back since. On my tour through Lyle two facilities stood out to me in particular; the Deason Innovation Gym aka the DIG, and the machine shop used by the FSAE team to build a Formula 1 race car from scratch. I was able to take advantage of the DIG in particular during my first-year design class. In this class, I was assigned to a team and our task the whole semester was to build our own robot to run in a competition at the end of the year. It is an excellent course that teaches great leadership and teamwork skills to prepare you for the real world, all while having fun during the whole process. The professors and TAs were more than helpful, so everyone learned dozens of important skills, which made it very enjoyable.

There isn’t a thing about SMU or Lyle I don’t love, and I could never picture myself anywhere else. It’s truly a great place to spend four years of your life, I would highly
recommend it to anybody!

Kennedy Woodard My name is Kennedy Woodard and I'm a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering here at SMU. I am originally from Arlington, TX where I graduated as Valedictorian from Young Women’s Leadership Academy in 2016.

Outside of class, I enjoy being involved in different aspects of campus which include being a student administrative assistant in the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership and treasurer of the Kappa Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ®.

I chose the Lyle School of Engineering for its efforts and achievements in increasing its percentage of female engineering students. This was important to me because it demonstrates how Lyle’s faculty cares for their students and their experiences along with their academic success. My experiences as a student in Lyle have been phenomenal and I cannot wait to see what these next 2 years bring!


Ashton WoodsMy name is Ashton Woods and I am a rising sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering from San Antonio Texas.

When I first visited SMU, I loved how excited the tour guides were and it seemed like Lyle offered endless opportunities. I was very impressed with Lyle as a whole, but what really sold me was that I could be a student athlete and still study engineering. I am on the SMU track team and I love that I am able to pursue my passions. 

I am also a Lyle Ambassador and I love getting to meet people from all over the world. I could never picture myself at another university being able to accomplish what I have at Lyle! 

Patrick ByrdI chose SMU not only because I wanted a small engineering school, but also the chance to get involved in research within my Mechanical Engineering major and begin some of my own projects. Being at SMU and in Lyle has allowed me to become involved in a wide variety of activities that matter to me and allow me to pursue all my interests, inside and outside of engineering.

Hilltop Motorsports, SMU’s chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers is an organization centered on designing and building a Formula-style race car from scratch every year. Right now, we’re moving into the construction phase of the vehicle, now that all of our designed components have been manufactured. We're working tirelessly to finish the car in time for the international competition. Add to that my time spent in practice with Mustang Mavericks, our country stunt-dancing team, and being Vice President of my Residential Commons, these last few weeks of spring will fly by.

I know that at any other school, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to try new things and find new organizations and groups that have helped me become who I am today.