By Janice Holmes
One Katerina Pugh has always been curious about how things work. Building and making repairs come naturally to her, and studying electrical and computer engineering at the University of West Florida allows her to engage her curiosity.
“Computer and electrical engineering really go hand-in-hand,” said Pugh. “Electrical engineering is in a sense a building block from which many other engineering disciplines have evolved.”
Originally from the Czech Republic, Pugh has recently become a U.S. citizen and is the first in her family to attend college.
“I decided to attend UWF because the engineering program has a small classroom environment that provides more personal relationships between the professors and students,” said Pugh.
An extremely involved student, Katerina is president of the UWF Society of Women Engineers, an engineering mentor, a member of the UWF student chapter of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Society and team leader of UWF’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team. She is confident her experiences and education at UWF will help her to find her dream job working on robotics projects.
“Computer engineering has become an essential part of our modern existence,” said Pugh. “In today’s computer-age world, it is almost impossible for the average person not to come in contact with some kind of computer system.”