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Name: Emily Wood
Hometown: Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Major: Wireless software engineering
Although Emily Wood had been a lifelong Auburn University fan, her decision to attend the university was based on the outstanding reputation of its Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Being a third-generation Auburn engineer, Emily values Auburn's strong traditions and quality of education. "I know Auburn Engineering is preparing me for a bright future, and I am excited about the journey," she says.
Emily was also drawn to the opportunities that Auburn students have to excel inside and outside the classroom. While working on her degree, she has taken many opportunities to get involved on campus. Currently, she is a member of the Cupola Engineering Ambassadors, Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary, the Society of Women Engineers and Upsilon Pi Epsilon international computer science honor society. She is the vice president of the Association for Computing Machinery Honors Ambassadors in the Honors College. She was also selected for the Computer Science and Software Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).
Emily had always been interested in computers and enjoyed keeping up with the latest technologies before coming to Auburn but had not considered pursing a career in related fields. "I saw that Auburn offered the first wireless engineering program in the country, and that impressed me," she says. "After I took my first programming class, I knew I was hooked."
Now a senior, Emily has enjoyed her Auburn undergraduate experience. She enjoys the connection that students have. "Auburn students are friendly," she says. "We're all part of the 'Auburn family' here, so it doesn't always seem like a large university."
Emily's favorite Auburn memory so far has been the 2007 Iron Bowl, which was Auburn's sixth consecutive win against the University of Alabama. "I loved being able to support the team alongside my friends and classmates. The game was a memorable experience," she says.
Upon graduation, Emily plans to continue her education with a master's in business administration.