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Sophomore attends UVA Engineering Day

Sophomore Yohanes Endeshaw (Left) at UVA Engineering Day.

Sophomore Yohanes Endeshaw (Left) at UVA Engineering Day.

Sophomore Yohanes Endeshaw (Left) at UVA Engineering Day.

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New to AHS, sophomore Yohanes Endeshaw has expressed his love and passion for engineering. Originally from Northern Ethiopia, Endeshaw had developed an interest in 10th-century engineering and architecture present in his home city.  Endeshaw was selected to attend Engineering Day at the University of Virginia where he learned about new engineering processes and competed in contests as well.

Q: Describe your interest in engineering

A: Ever since I was little, I wanted to know how things were made. I was

born and raised in a small town called Lalibela in northern Ethiopia.

In this part of Africa, most engineering work was done in the 10th

century. Lalibela has eleven distinctive rock-hewn churches called

New Jerusalem. During the Sabbath, I would go to each

subterranean monolithic church to try and understand the architecture

and engineering behind the rock-hewn churches. I came to the U.S. two years ago, where I can’t

help but admire the works of engineering all around me. Whether they

be physical, like bridges and railroad tracks, or software, like GPS

technology, America is so advanced. I’d like to bring the engineering

knowledge I learn here to Africa in the future.

Q: Explain the process of getting selected to go visit UVA for their

engineering day

A:I would like to thank Ms. Robin Highberg, who

explained the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) high

school visitation program to me.

I found out about the program two days before we left. Many students

received the papers to apply, but I was the only one who applied and

was accepted. All my teachers were proud that I went and represented


Q: What was the Engineering Day at UVA like? What are some things that

you learned?

A: I loved the Engineering Day! There were lots of career talks, where

engineers such as Professor Catherine Hunt spoke and gave us useful

career advice. There were many different engineering students who

explained all the different fields in engineering, like Aerospace,

Mechanical, Computer Science, Electrical, Computer, Systems, Civil,

Architect, and Biomedical. This really helped me decide which I was

most interested in pursuing.

Q: What was your favorite part of participating in the Engineering Events?

A: I personally loved seeing the robots. I had so many questions about

how they worked, like their vision systems, how they flew, how they

avoided obstacles, their facial recognition software, etc. The Grounds

tour, which is UVA’s campus, was beautiful. There was a lot of nature

in the city. I found the University so wonderful, and I would love to

see myself there in a few years. I especially loved the Rotunda

building, which was behind the Thomas Jefferson statue. It was special

because he designed it himself.


There was a project we did with the 30 high school students to make a

sample of a Piezo Buzzer circuit. I was on a team with two other high

school students, and we won for the fastest time! We got a special

shirt as a prize. I am happy that I was one of the members because I

make out Annandale high school is best.

Q: What future do you hope to have with engineering and college?

A: I hope to one day be an architect-engineer that builds remarkable,

unusual and unbelievable buildings, houses, and churches. I would also

make them the safest environments in the world. In two years I’ll be

enrolled in University, and my dream school based on my experiences so

far is the University of Virginia. I think the engineering department

there is really strong, and UVA has a lot of extracurricular

activities for me to join.

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