Applying the programming skills I learn to something tangible is key for me. Otherwise, I will dismiss it; just as we all dismissed indigenous rocks in elelmentary school (No offense to archeologists). I primarily program in Python, Java, and soon, C.
To lead for control is not my philosophy. To be a leader is to actively distinguish yourself to show you are willing to go the extra mile for the team. Whether I’m leading a social justice event or a lab project, I make sure that quality is implemented throughout every task at hand.
For me, engineering is to design art with more than a visual appeal, engineering takes an issue at face value, and solves it while maintaining stylistic aesthetic and mechanical functionality. I model my designs in Solidworks.