The Value of QUEST According to Current QUEST Students
There is simply no other program of QUEST's caliber. The program provides its students with the fundamental, yet imperative business-engineering relationship, and transforms our way of thinking about design into a life skill that definitely allows us to excel in both the program's real-world projects and ultimately our careers. There is truly no better program that teaches you how to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and has the ability to foster personal growth, not only academically, but socially and professionally as well.”
– Ryan Wong, Electrical Engineering ’18
“Applying for and joining QUEST is one of the best decisions I have made during my time here at UMD. I feel as if I am a part of a big family and support system, not simply an academic program. I frequently apply the skills I've learned in QUEST in my other classes and projects. QUEST classes teach an innovative way of thinking and encourage me to find inspiration for new ideas in my daily life. I am extremely grateful for all of the great people I have met and for the wonderful opportunities I am fortunate enough to have because of QUEST."
– Ivy Xia, Marketing ’18
“QUEST is a unique and special program that has allowed me to gain real world experience by taking what I am learning in my respective major and applying it in a multidisciplinary setting. This experience is best highlighted in the program's capstone course where I had the chance to consult for a company and provide them with a solution that will actually be implemented in their business. The QUEST program creates a distinct environment that stimulates growth and learning while at the same time fostering a strong community that I have come to consider family."
– Michael George, Computer Science ’17
Why QUEST Alumni Choose to Give to the Program
“As an alumnus, I look at the QUEST Program as the basis for my business and technical ability as well as the foundation of my professional and social network at the University of Maryland and beyond. I continue to support QUEST because I believe the program’s alumni-student-professor network is something that can become one of the strongest networks within the Smith School of Business and at the University.”
– Anonymous, Business ’00
“QUEST was one of the most memorable and beneficial parts of my college career. I attribute to the program most of the practical knowledge I learned during school that has helped make me successful in my career. It provided me with a community at the University of Maryland in which I met the most intelligent and accomplished people and made some great friends.”
– Jenna Cohen, Finance and Operations Management ‘10
“My decision to support QUEST can be summed up in a single word: improvement. Whether it is improving a product, process, or some other aspect of life, QUEST gave me the philosophies and tool sets to enhance organizations I have had the privilege of serving. More importantly, QUEST's impact on my career has translated into opportunities to positively impact others. My hope is that this tradition of improvement will continue with each graduating cohort in every sector around the world.”
– V-Khye Gideon Fan, Supply Chain Management ‘04