Hilary Hayes, BS

Hometown: Wrentham, MA

Degree earned at WPI: BS, Electrical Engineering
BS, Drama/Theater

Degrees earned from other institutions:MS, Electrical Engineering, NEU
MBA, Bentley University

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I chose WPI for the opportunities to study abroad, the opportunity to do the capstone (MQP) project with a company, and the sense of community in the campus.

How did your studies and experiences at WPI prepare you for graduate school?
At WPI I learned how to multitask and balance two majors. I used the same skill set to balance my full-time job with part-time grad school.

Present Position and employer:
Global Marketing Segment Manager, Sensata Technologies

How do you feel your experiences at WPI prepared you for working in your field?
My current focus is the powertrain segment of the global automotive industry; last year I was focused on the rare earth magnetic applications and navigating the geo-political barriers within the supply chain; two years ago my focus was fusion algorithms for low-power man-portable products.

The engineering foundation I received at WPI has allowed me to move through a myriad of applications; the research practices and work ethic instilled in me the ability to embrace the unknown and become proficient in new technologies. WPI also prepared me by incorporating more than just the equations into the lesson – technology is guided and influenced by finance, society, politics, geographies, etc. The WPI education expands beyond the technical details and paints the bigger picture. It provides a realistic view of how technology drives the global workplace.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepared you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace or graduate school?
Teamwork is an essential part of working at any company. It becomes even more crucial in a global company where it’s always 8AM somewhere. The team guidelines and concepts remain the same, and having previous practice has helped me navigate through the cultural and language barriers within my global team.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participated in at WPI:

  • Skull
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Alpha Psi Omega
  • Masque Theater Group
  • Student Comedy Productions
  • Kilroy Comedy Group
  • Empty Set
  • Women’s Rugby Club
  • Hoop Dreams Mentoring Program
  • Orientation Leader
  • Women in Industry Mentoring Program
  • Electrical Engineering Department Tutor
  • Campus Center Information Desk Assistant

Academic or professional awards you have received:

  • WPI Salisbury Prize, 2004
  • BAE Systems Special Recognition Award, 2007
  • BAE Systems Special Recognition Award, 2008
  • BAE Systems Chairman’s Awards Bronze Recipient, 2010
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