Dmitry Votintsev - Russian International
It almost seems that Dmitry and Rose-Hulman were meant to
find each other. Dmitry found Rose-Hulman while searching the
Internet for good electrical engineering colleges and universities
around the world. His mother encouraged him to consider studying
abroad to learn about and discover life elsewhere. A desire to see
what the world had to offer and a search for good electrical
engineering schools led Dmitry Votintsev from his home in Moscow to
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. It is a move that Dmitry would
make again if given the chance.
When Demitry found Rose-Hulman he thought it needed further
exploration, after all, it is the number one undergraduate
engineering school in the United States. So, Rose ended up on the
short list, along with MIT and Cal Tech, as well as a few others.
But, after further research about the school, Rose-Hulman earned
the top spot and Dmitry was sold.
His mom also thought he might study more at a smaller-sized
school, he adds. So, Dmitry found his U.S. home away from
An electrical engineering major and math minor, Dmitry first
become interested in the electrical field while in high school -
ninth or tenth grade. It was a teacher that set him in that
direction, he recalls.
"The teacher was awesome. He had previous students come to the
course to lecture and show applications of what they had learned,"
Dmitry says, moving up to the front of his chair. That style of
teaching is much like the hands-on education he is receiving at
Rose-Hulman, and a big reason he loves the college.
That high school experience sent him directly to the "store" to
buy soldering materials and controllers - to work on projects on
And those few years ago, when his interest in electrical
engineering was first piqued, he didn't realize he would bring that
passion with him to a small school in Terre Haute that would help
him to develop his craft.
Life is much different in Terre Haute, Indiana, than it was in
Russia. But the differences aren't just the obvious, such as food,
language and even the noticeable difference in the size of the city
he left for Terre Haute. The way people relate is also something
that stands out in Dmitry's mind as he talks about his life as a
student at Rose-Hulman.
"I like this place," he says smiling. "The professors are cool
here. Here, I go talk with professors. I consider them more than
just professors, they are also friends that I can look to and ask
questions, and not just about the field, but about life."
The professors' open-door policy to students, as well as their
attention in class to ensure everyone understands the material, is
something Dmitry appreciates.
Students have also befriended Dmitry who fondly recalls a girl
he met the first week at school. "In just a week she had asked me
if I wanted to go to church with her and invited me over," he says.
"She even invited me to her parents' for Thanksgiving."
And the guys on his floor in his residence hall became friends
immediately, he says, even inviting him on travels.
He's also enjoying the variety of activities on campus,
including some club sports he's playing, such as floor hockey,
which he loves, and some soccer. "I'm also doing lifting and
But one of the best things he's discovered at his new home -
Greek life. " A new member of Pi Kappa Alpha, he wasn't sure when
he was first introduced to fraternities if it was something in
which he wanted to participate. But after a friend took him to
visit some of the houses, he decided it was interesting.
"We do not have this in Russia," he explains. "This is very
different, but I love it." And after narrowing his choices and
rushing Pi Kappa Alpha, he believes this fraternity is the right
"I like the feeling of brotherhood, friendship and love. It's
awesome," he says. And for an only child, it's great to now have
He says when he moves into the fraternity it will be a
continuation of living with a large group of friends, like what he
has experienced in dorm life - also a first for him.
While he will spend most of the summer here working in Ventures,
Dmitry will go home for a visit in August. Looking ahead, Dmitry is
planning out his future, although graduation is still a few years
away - 2015. He plans to pursue a master's degree and possibly a
When his education is complete, he does plan to return home.
However, he says, "the world is huge," you never know where he may