Meet the Ambassadors

Allison Thibault, The

Allison Thibault, The "Balanced Mind"

Contact Information

Campus Center

AllieTbo53@wpi.edu

Allison Thibault, The "Balanced Mind"

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Class of 2014

Hometown:

Swansea, MA

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

Neurologists have theoreticized that each side of our brain controls different aspects of our thinking and personal characteristics. The left brain is said to govern analytical processes, logic, an aptitude for science and math, and reasoning skills. The right brain, on the other hand, is said to control the functionality of our imaginations, creativity, use of intuition, and emotions. While being an engineering student requires me to utilize my left-brained skills, I try to take every opportunity that I can to mix in my equally strong right-brained ways, including my overly active imagination and passion for creativity and the arts. 

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Co-Ed Tennis Team - Secretary
  • Sister of Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Community Advisor
  • Recruitment Counselor
  • Student Support Network
  • UTC Engineering Ambassador

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Intern, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Summer 2009-2012

Over the last four summers at NUWC, I have worked in various laboratories on projects for both the SONAR and Combat Systems departments, including work on acoustic cloaking, building an unmanned underwater vehicle, testing and fixing hydrophones and transducers in an Open Tank Acoustics Facility, and building, testing, programming, troubleshooting, and fixing various components of the combat control systems found in our nation's submarines.

Why did you choose to come to WPI?  

My love for WPI started the second that I first visited the campus during high school. For one, the campus was the perfect size and environment for my liking. The term system was another great aspect about WPI, and I liked the idea of having a more focused curriculum. The IQP and MQP projects were also other factors in why I chose to go to WPI. 

 

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

Late nights in the ECE building with other students in my major are always a great time. Not only do you have a support group to help you through a particularly difficult homework assignment, but you also get to form great friendships and even order some take-out.

 

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Don't be afraid to reach out for help. The only dumb question is one that goes unasked.. 

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan on pursuing my masters degree in Electrical Engineering, and hopefully in the process find a way to give my major an original, creative twist.

Elena Banegas, The

Elena Banegas, The "Perseverant"

Contact Information

Campus Center

elenabanegas@wpi.edu

Elena Banegas, The "Perseverant"

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Tegucigalpa, Honduras    

What does your skill nickname mean?

Being perseverant means industrious and prepared to take on and finish projects.

Extracurricular Activities

  • UTC Engineering Ambassador
  • Resident Advisor 
  • Student Government Association—Chair of the Committee of Academic Issues
  • International Student Council—Chair of the Social Committee
  • Crimson Key Tour Guide
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers--member  

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose WPI mainly because of its group-focused curriculum and the four-term system.  I also liked all the opportunities WPI offers to go abroad and work on a project that will make a difference in a community, which could be either in South Africa all the way to Thailand, or in many other places around the world.  

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

As a sophomore in chemical engineering, I had the opportunity to go in a lab and analyze a real distillation column.  Based on that analysis, I worked with three other classmates to design a bigger distillation column.  This project gave me insight and a feeling for my future work as a chemical engineer.  

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

I would say to a first-year engineer to always keep your dreams and aspirations in mind  - this will help keep you on track.  I would tell the student to work hard and stay focused because in the end the engineering background will allow you to make a positive impact around the world.  

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduation I plan to work in the pharmaceutical industry, and hopefully focus on a research project dedicated to the development of a cure against cancer.

Emily Miner, The

Emily Miner, The "Eager Beaver"

Contact Information

Campus Center

erminer@wpi.edu

Emily Miner, The "Eager Beaver"

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Harrisville, NH

What does your skill nickname mean?

I am always willing to try something new. I like a challenge, and though I might struggle at times, I will finish a problem I tackle.  I like being a happy person and try to look out for others and help them if I can.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • CAS 101

Internships/Co-op Experience

This coming summer I will be an intern at UTC Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stamford, CT.  

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

There are many reasons why I chose WPI. I knew that I could get a great education at WPI. Also, the IQP and MQP projects are a great way to gain experience and work in a group like I would as a professional.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

Some of the best times are the late night study groups in the library with friends.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

I would say to work hard and focus. WPI is a great school and we’re lucky to go here and get such an education as it has to offer.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to get a great job (Aiming high!) and gain some experience in my field. I hope to live in another country someday and use my skills to help others.

George Abbiati,

George Abbiati, "adventurous one"

Contact Information

Campus Center

gabbiati@wpi.edu

George Abbiati, "adventurous one"

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Waterford, CT

What does your skill nickname mean?

I enjoy having fun, taking chances, and getting to know myself through the process! 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Air Force ROTC
  • Arnold Air Society (Squadron Commander)
  • UTC Engineering Ambassador 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

Early in my second year of high school, I visited WPI with a friend.  He walked away uninterested; I was in love.  From our first “blind date,” WPI’s sense of community, project based learning, quality of teachers, and number of driven students impressed me.  WPI breeds students who make tomorrow brighter (energy efficient bulb used, of course). 

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

Through the Arnold Air Society (extracurricular activity, AFROTC), we hosted a pasta bridge building contest for local middle school students.  We taught them some basic principles and then assisted in the bridge building.  Some of the middle school students’ bridges held more weight than their college mentors!  

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Creativity is a valuable tool; no method or process can fully replace it. 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on being an Air Battle Manager in the United States Air Force.

Hannah McCallum, The

Hannah McCallum, The "Believer"

Contact Information

Campus Center

hlgm@wpi.edu

Hannah McCallum, The "Believer"

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Boulder, Colorado

What does your skill nickname mean?

I keep a positive attitude, even when life isn’t going my way, and I always believe that I will succeed.  

Extracurricular Activities

  • I participate in cross-country, track and the UTC Engineering Ambassador Program. During my freshman year I also participated in diving.

Research Experience

  • I took the first-year experience course Power the World in which I worked with two other students to create a proposal about switching Massachusetts to an electric vehicle friendly state.

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose WPI because I loved the campus when I visited, and the program was exactly what I wanted. I also knew that I wanted to have project experience be an integral part of my college curriculum, which WPI provides with the MQP and IQP.  

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My favorite memory as an engineering student is the time I spent in Professor Koleci’s office hours. We had amazing discussions along with getting homework help!   

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Be prepared to write papers and present what you learn. Engineering involves as much writing and presenting as humanities and business degrees despite having the reputation of being purely math and science. 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I would like to pursue a Ph.D. in aerospace or astronautical engineering and then find a job designing rocket propulsion systems.

Katlin Davis, The

Katlin Davis, The "Artist"

Contact Information

Campus Center

katedavis@wpi.edu

Katlin Davis, The "Artist"

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Locke, NY 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I bring a creative perspective to any team. Also, I pay close attention to detail while never losing sight of the big picture.

Extracurricular Activities

  • UTC Engineering Ambassadors
  • Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity (Public Relations Coordinator)
  • Outing Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Club Tennis

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I visited 11 different colleges that offered aerospace engineering, and WPI was the only campus that instantly felt like home. Every person I met during that visit was incredibly friendly. I felt like I was welcomed into the WPI community before I was even a student here. I am glad to say that the impression I got during my campus visit was a very accurate portrayal of how life on campus really is.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

Volunteering at the TouchTomorrow even held on campus this past spring in conjunction with NASA's Centennial Challenge. Getting to be so involved with a space festival was very fun for a girl who has always been obsessed with space. It was also fulfilling to help inspire all of the kids who were on that campus that day to think about pursuing higher education in the STEM disciplines. 

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Go to office hours. It is such a great investment of your time. You will learn so much more in a single hour with a professor than in many hours of struggling alone. Also, going to office hours helps you realize that professors are your allies, not your enemies! They truly want the students to succeed. Our univeristy is fortunate to have outstanding professors and all students should take the opportunity to get the know them.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

Get a job as an aerospace engineer and work for one of the major companies in the industry.

Kimberly Joback, The

Kimberly Joback, The "Storyteller"

Contact Information

Campus Center

kimi@wpi.edu

Kimberly Joback, The "Storyteller"

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Bedford, NH

What does your skill nickname mean?

I like to share stories about my life and different experiences, and this is how I relate to others and how others relate to me. 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Women's Varsity Track and Field
  • Japanese Culture Club
  • UTC Ambassadors Program 

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Intern, Dresser Rand Inc., Summer 2012

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant at Gateway Park Bioengineering Center: Worcester, MA: October 2009 - March 2011

Performed experiments using high-performance liquid chromatography, polymerase chain reaction, and electrophotometer machines; Designed primers; Performed gel electrophoresis

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I really liked the BIG tree in front of the Bartlett Center. I also felt welcomed and could picture myself being a WPI student. I liked the 4-term layout of the classes.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

Traveling to London for my IQP project and applying our knowledge to a real problem, while also experiencing and learning about another culture.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Definitely to join clubs and become an active member in your major's engineering society. 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

Find a job in the New England area.

Livia Motz, the

Livia Motz, the "motivator"

Contact Information

Campus Center

livia_motz@wpi.edu

Livia Motz, the "motivator"

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Medford, MA

What does your skill nickname mean?

I am the time of team member who will 'get the ball rolling' efficiently, but without too much force.  

Extracurricular Activities

  • Roller Hockey Club
  • Outing Club
  • Student Support Network
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Intern, Beacon IP, Summer 2012

Research Experience

  • IQP with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I have always enjoyed projects and the focus on project-based learning at WPI was most appealing. The term system affords students and educators with the perfect time frame to accomplish any number of learning goals.  

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My Introduction to Materials Science class with Professor Demetry was my by far best memory as an engineering student. This was my first experience with home learning and utilizing class time to really understand the material. Her innovative teaching approach helped to really pique my interest in material science and innovations in engineering materials. 

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Talk to your professors and your fellow students. Most all of our professors are currently or have in the past carried out rather interesting and innovative research, worked in industry, and pursued what truly interests them. Your fellow students may be involved in a club or have taken a class you did not know about, and most everyone has advice. WPI is a great community and I am very glad to be a part of it. 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

Immediately after, I'll probably change into more comfortable shoes. After that, I want to work to improve alternative energy technologies. 

Lun Thang, The

Lun Thang, The "Fix-a-Lot"

Contact Information

Campus Center

lunthang@wpi.edu

Lun Thang, The "Fix-a-Lot"

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Yangon, Myanmar

What does your skill nickname mean?

Finding and fixing both existing and nonexisting problems.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Burmese Student Association (Secretary)
  • Alpha Phi Omega (Brother)
  • International Student Council
  • Badminton Club
  • UTC Engineering Ambassador

Research Experience

  • Biofluids Lab (Vortex-Induced Vibrations)
  • Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mecha Tronics

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Intern - Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc., Summer 2011
  • Intern - UTC Pratt and Whitney, Summer 2012

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

WPI’s dedication to both theory and practice strongly appealed to me. The projects required for the classes help master key concepts thoroughly and also keep things new and exciting.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My best memory would be my first fluids class. I was fascinated by the subject and knew that this was the area of study I wanted to pursue.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Keep an open mind. I came to school dead-set on being a civil engineer but college gives you a new perspective on a lot of things.

Lydia Johnston, The

Lydia Johnston, The "Builder"

Contact Information

Campus Center

ljjohnston@wpi.edu

Lydia Johnston, The "Builder"

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Class of 2015

Hometown

Seattle, WA

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I love to get things done and "build" other people up by supporting them in completing tasks as well.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Technichords,
  • FIRST Robotics,
  • Games Development Club,
  • Makerspace

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose to study at WPI for the project-based learning and undergraduate focus.

 

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My best memory as an engineering student has been working with other students in the manufacturing course.  We had to independently figure out how to work the CNC machines in the lab, which was challenging and interesting.

 

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

I would tell a first-year engineering student to ask questions and get to know their professors, because they have knowledge about manufacturing techniques that can't be found by just following the tutorials.

What are you going to do after graduation?

I would like to have a job in the industry after graduation.  I would consider going into research or a short graduate program, but ideally I'd like to start my career.

Marco Romero, The

Marco Romero, The "Optimist"

Contact Information

Campus Center

mromero07@wpi.edu

Marco Romero, The "Optimist"

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Riverside, California

What does your skill nickname mean?

I am someone who always tries to have a positive outlook in life and also tries to lift other people's spirits up by pointing out the good in their lives. I enjoy sharing stories that make them feel a little better, which in turn allows their day to be smoother and more productive. I really take pride in trying to make other people smile, and perhaps that is why I chose to become an engineer: to make products that make life easier and people happier.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Member of the Freshmen Class-board
  • Member of our religious center
  • Part of the NEWMAN’s Club
  • Part of EMSEP (Excellence in Mathematics Science and Engineering Program) 
  • UTC Engineering Ambassadors at WPI

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • This summer I will be an intern for the Controls and Diagnostic Systems Division at Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

The main reason why I decided to come to WPI is because of its people. During my senior year I visited a lot of colleges and WPI by far had the most helpful and friendly individuals. Since I'm from the West Coast, the other school of great interest to me was UCLA and after being admitted, I visited but the experience was not at all great. WPI definitely changed my mind because everyone was helpful and willing to be your friend. Besides that, the prestige and well-known reputation that WPI has for its engineering program made it even more attractive. As of today I have no regrets whatsoever, and I feel as though coming to WPI was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

So far as an engineering student, I would say the best memories have been generated while collaborating with friends to complete a homework assignment. Although I have not had many projects yet, I eagerly look forward to my Interactive Qualifying Project for I know it will be an amazing experience and by far my greatest memory as an engineering student.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

I would tell them to not give up. At first, college may seem a little hard, especially here at WPI; but, all you need is time to adapt to the different working pace. Also, I would advise them to look for help when they need it because it does make things go a bit easier and prompts them to be more successful in the end.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduation I will hopefully have a job offer with a company here on the East Coast. I plan to stay here and work for at least 5 years and gain enough experience to transfer to a working location near Los Angeles, California, which is where I ultimately want to settle.

Melissa Rodas,

Melissa Rodas, "The Thinker"

Contact Information

Campus Center

mackay144@wpi.edu

Melissa Rodas, "The Thinker"

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Edison, NJ

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I like to think things through. Whether it's a simple school assignment or a project, I believe it's very important to think very thoroughly about the problem first. 

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
  • Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering- Secretary
  • UTC Engineering Ambassador

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose WPI because of the curriculum and the abroad opportunities. I also believed that IQP and MQP were great ways to gain hands on experience in my major field. 

 

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

The best memory has been meeting some great professors. They are always happy to help and never get tired of answering questions.

 

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Never give up and study hard. The classes aren't easy but they are worth it. Just be prepared to work hard and to keep going.  

What are you going to do after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to work towards my Master's Degree. 

 

Nyansafo Aye-Addo,

Nyansafo Aye-Addo, "The Thinker"

Contact Information

Campus Center

npayeaddo@wpi.edu

Nyansafo Aye-Addo, "The Thinker"

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Accra, Ghana

What does your skill nickname mean?

I like to see everthing in terms of how it could be improved.

Extracurricular Activities

  • UTC Engineering Ambassador
  • WPI AIAA
  • Pi Tau Sigma - Vice President
  • Christian Bible Fellowship
  • African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Research Experience

  • Wood–To–Oil Interactive Qualifying Project

I worked in a team of four to assess the impact of KiOR Inc.’s Wood Pyrolysis process in the transportation sector to reduce the United States’ dependency on oil and to reduce the price of gasoline. We calculated the ideal oil production for KiOR based on Wood pyrolysis estimation figures and compared it to U.S. consumption of petroleum in the transportation sector. As comparisons, other alternative means of solving the oil problem in the U.S., such as Hydrogen, Natural Gas, Electricity and Biomass, were researched. 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose WPI because as a transfer student, I was convinced that through the project system and seven-week terms I will be able to not only further my studies but also experience pratical applications of my studies. I also enjoyed the campus when I came to visit. The campus atmosphere is welcoming to students of all backgrounds.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My best memory as an engineering student was working on my IQP project. I enjoyed working with my team members and my professor. The project also helped me better understand the complex issues of alternative energy in the U.S. Transportation Sector.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Have a good relationship with your professors' especially your academic advisor. Do not hesitate to ask them any questions because they are very willing to address your concerns and questions. Join different clubs and activities because WPI offers so many opportunities to become invovled on campus. 

What are you going to do after graduation?

After graduation I intend to pursue a doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Robert Wolf,

Robert Wolf, "The Closer"

Contact Information

Campus Center

rpwolf@wpi.edu

Robert Wolf, "The Closer"

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Long Island, NY

What does your skill nickname mean?

When deadlines need to be met and things aren't looking good, I always step up to pull the team through the finish line with exceptional hard work.

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Mechanical Engineering Intern, Dover Motion, Summer 2012

Research Experience

  • In the winter of 2011, three other students and I researched Canal Hydrodynamics in Venice, Italy. The main objective which the team completed was calculating the velocities of over a hundred Canal segments and comparing them to the velocities taken in the 1990's. Other important objectives included experiments with various devices for measuring velocity and flow, and hypothesizing reason behind the changes of the hydrodynamic properties of the waterways.

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

As a junior and senior in high school, I became interested and excelled in the subjects of math and science. When it was time to apply to colleges, I knew I wanted to continue these interests and what better field to do so than Engineering. Out of all the engineering schools I visited, WPI stood out the most with state of the art facilities, strong coarse structure, and enthusiastic faculty. I was lucky enough to be accepted into this institution and have showed my gratitude through my hard work these past three years.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My fondest Engineering memory was when three students and I completed my first full term, group project. After successfully presenting our prototype to our entire class, I was able to celebrate our accomplishment with the team, which made all of our hard work the previous seven weeks well worth it.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

I would advise a first year engineering student to be un-biased during freshman year, with both the social scene and school work. For example, I can’t even count the number of major changes I have seen people make over the past three years, which is a testament to the number of amazing types of engineering there are in the field.

What are you going to do after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to work as a Mechanical Design Engineer for a company as part of team to complete a common goal. 

Sowmit Barua,

Sowmit Barua, "the organizer"

Contact Information

Campus Center

baruas@wpi.edu

Sowmit Barua, "the organizer"

  • Mechnical Engineering
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Chittagong, Bangladesh

What does your skill nickname mean?

I'm super organized and I always make sure everything is in order.

Extracurricular Activities

  • UTC Engineering Ambassadors
  • WPI Cricket Club 
  • Boston College South Asian Student Association
  • Student Organization Resources
  • ASME

Internships/Co-op Experience

Intern, The Food Project, Summer 2008

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose WPI because the school's devotion to Undergraduate Engineering education as well as the friendly atmosphere that  this school offers. Students here are hard working and the professors truly care about the students.  I loved the idea of having two projects before graduation.  I was also intrigued  by the quarter system, fast pace of classes, and the different extracurricular activities.  WPI fosters an environment where it is possible to be an active community member, as well as an engineering student. 

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My best memory would be doing my junior year project (IQP). Although it was a lot of work, the advisor made sure it was fun. We went to various places. Despite having to stay up late at night my group members and I had fun. 

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Make sure you know how to use your time appropriately. Time is your biggest asset while you are in school. If you know how to use your time the best way, you'll make the most out of your college life, if not you could be in huge trouble, Also don't underestimate the value of getting involved. The more you get involved the more help you'll get from people. You'll need it as an Engineering student. When people say you can't go through college by yourself, it's true. It's truer for Engineering students. Unless you are a super genius you won't know everything you are learning in class. So you will need help. 

What are you going to do after graduation?

Upon graduation I want to work for one of the major aerospace companies preferably Pratt and Whitney. 

Sydney Baker, The

Sydney Baker, The "Accomplisher"

Contact Information

Campus Center

sebaker@wpi.edu

Sydney Baker, The "Accomplisher"

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Oxford, MA

What does your skill nickname mean?

I am a very task-oriented person who loves making lists and getting things done.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Alpha Xi Delta President
  • Peer Academic Coach
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Colleges Against Cancer

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Cell Stack Assembly Engineering Intern at UTC Power (Summers 2011 & 2012):
  • Worked in the Electrochemical Materials Group to research activity of various metallic proton exchange membrane fuel cell catalysts. Designed a more active and cost effective catalyst for the fuel cell’s cathode. Learned how to influence size and shape control of the catalysts.

Research Experience

  • Worked at WPI under Professor Camesano studying lipid bilayer formation on silicon crystals. Ran tests with QCM-D machine. Learned that frequency decreases and dissipation increases for the crystal as the bilayer formed, proving that mass was added.

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose WPI first and foremost for its strong academic reputation. There is something to be said for the fact that WPI graduates are pursued actively by so many employers. Also, for as long as I can remember, I knew that traveling abroad was something that I wanted from my college experience. WPI not only allowed me to go abroad, but also encouraged it – I was lucky enough to pursue my dream this past fall when I went to Cape Town, South Africa.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My best memory so far as an Engineering Student was giving my final presentation at my internship last summer. It was so rewarding to share all that I had accomplished over the summer, and it was great to see how it would fit into the future of the company. As an engineer, you can really make a difference and it was this experience that truly proved that to me.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Do not get intimidated by people telling you that your classes are going to be “so hard.” You will work hard as an engineer, but it will absolutely be worth it! Plus, you will still have plenty of time to participate in extracurricular activities that you love. Enjoy college life!

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to work with an alternative energy company. I am unsure about specifics, but I want to pursue a career that uses engineering to make a difference in the future of our planet.

Tina Dutra,

Tina Dutra, "Go-Getter"

Contact Information

Campus Center

tmdutra@wpi.edu

Tina Dutra, "Go-Getter"

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Class of 2015

Hometown

Meriden, Connecticut

What does your skill nickname mean?

My skill nickname is "Go-Getter" because I don't like to sit around and wait for things to happen, I like being the one to make things happen. I love the feeling you get when you've just completed a task, especially if it was difficult, and realize what you were able to accomplished. It's a good feeling.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Student Government Association - Treasurer of Club Sports
  • Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority
  • Women's Ultimate Frisbee - Secretary
  • Student Alumni Society
  • UTC Ambassadors 

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Engineering Intern, Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense; Summer 2012

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose to come to WPI because I felt right at home whenever I came to visit campus. It was somewhere I could see myself living for the next four years of my life and feeling happy and comfortable. Not to mention the the awesome academics, amazing project opportunities, and fast-paced term system were also huge deciding factors. After being here for just a year, I could not picture myself anywhere else. 

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

Late night study sessions in the library when the "Ah-HA!" moments happen and everything you learned in the previous week makes sense all at once. 

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Take advantage of all the college has to offer by getting involved on campus and by asking for help when you need it! 

What are you going to do after graduation?

I want to work on really neat engineering projects where I can have a "hands-on" role and not just sit behind a computer. Whether it's in graduate school or a job first, I'm not sure yet, but I still have some time to figure that out. :) 

Victoria Stratton, The

Victoria Stratton, The "Motivator"

Contact Information

Campus Center

vstratton@wpi.edu

Victoria Stratton, The "Motivator"

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Class of 2014

Hometown

Oxford, CT

What does your skill nickname mean?

I am able to support people, make them feel better, and motivate them to do better.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Women’s Varsity Crew

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Intern - Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc., Summer 2011
  • Intern - UTC Pratt and Whitney, Summer 2012

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose WPI because I liked the grading system and the seven-week terms. Also, the ability to go abroad was a big draw for me. I also liked that the school was only a two-hour drive from my house.

What has been the best memory as an Engineering Student?

My best memory as an Engineering Student was being able to apply to go away for my IQP.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer?

Advice I would give a first-year engineer is that it takes time to get adjusted to classes. Engineering classes are different from the general classes that many students at other schools have to take because the classes here are very detailed. Also, the pace of the engineering classes tends to be very fast.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

Depending on what job opportunities are available to me after graduation, I may continue my education by getting an MBA.

 
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