What/who inspired you to get into this field?
When I was young, my father was working on a project which put him in close proximity with an astronaut. She took an interest in my sister and me and even took time to come speak at our elementary school. From then on, I was very interested in both the aerospace and engineering fields. My parents, who are both in STEM fields, also sent me to many engineering and science camps, including a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
What classes would you recommend for this field (high school and college)?
The biggest help when I was in high school was taking as many higher-level math classes as I could. This better prepared me for my engineering classes, and gave me more time to take classes which really interested me at Rose. If it would have been available, I think it would have been really beneficial to take a basic programming class before going to college, as well. While in college, I spent time taking many classes not required for my degree, but which kept me interested and helped me advance my learning. I would highly recommended taking time to take classes which may not be your strongest subject, but you personally find interesting.
What are some other companies that employ graduates in this field?
Mechanical engineers can be employed by a vast range of companies. We work in all kinds of industries such as aerospace, automotive, industrial, etc. Mechanical engineers have a wide breadth of knowledge, which allows them to move into just about any field that interests them.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I really enjoy getting to see all the things I’ve learned be put into action. Being an engineer gives me the chance to try new problems every day. It’s always a new challenge.