Transfer Student Learns English and Becomes Valued Tutor

6/8/2010

Mamadou Diagne has encountered many challenges since transferring three years ago  from Suffolk University’s West African campus in Senegal, particularly the difficulty of the English language.

French is the language of Diagne's native Senegal. However, he not only mastered English, but he also was known for his expertise in explaining technical material to others as a physics and electrical engineering tutor at the Ballotti Learning Center.

“In addition to his skills at grasping complicated technical concepts, Mamadou’s communication skills in explaining complex concepts are unsurpassed,” said Associate Professor Lisa Shatz, chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

Diagne received a bachelor of science in engineering degree, summa cum laude at this year's commencement ceremonies. 

“When I came to America, I had to switch to English, and my English needed much improvement.” says Diagne.

His passion for electrical engineering provided Diagne with a subject that he could completely focus on.  He gained proficiency in mathematics, science, and the fundamentals in electrical engineering and computer engineering.  He also acquired the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.

“I learned to believe in my abilities and skills and never quit. It is my conviction that persistent hard work is the most important key to success.”

Diagne was president of the University's IEEE student chapter, and after three years as a Ballotti Learning Center tutor, he received a master tutor certificate awarded by the College of Reading and Learning Association, allowing him to hold a teaching assistant position in any university. 
 
Diagne this year received the Electrical & Computer Engineering Outstanding Student Award, the Electrical & Computer Engineering Outstanding Accomplishment to the Micromouse Design award, and the Best Senior Project award.

The pleasure he took working as a research assistant, writing papers, and as a study group leader and a trainer of study group leaders, has inspired him to consider a career in academia. He has been accepted to the Master of Engineering program at Cornell University and Tufts University, and his goal is to become either an engineer or a professor.  
 

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