Trading places

Name: Sam Newell

Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Academic path: Junior studying biomedical engineering at the U’s College of Science and Engineering, with plans to graduate in 2020

Experience abroad: From January to June 2018, Newell studied at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE), the largest engineering school in Hungary. He took as many classes as he could and volunteered as an English teacher.  

The donor who made it happen: Zsolt Rumy, ’66 B.S., was only 14 when his family fled Hungary and came to the United States after World War II. He became a leader in the carbon fiber industry and credits the U with giving him a strong start in his career. His generous endowment covers tuition, airfare, and basic living expenses every year for two U of M and two BUTE students. Since the exchange began in 2016, 12 students have benefited. 

Why it matters: Newell says his semester in Hungary taught him to be resilient and flexible. “A lot of things can go wrong when you’re traveling,” he says. “You need to be able to go with the flow and be ready for anything.”

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