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Anthony Soares

Electrical Engineering
Class of 2017

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

High School: Central Bucks West High School

Extracurricular Activities: Engineering Ambassadors, THON Committee Member, Penn State IEEE, Running, Golf

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Electrical Design Intern at UTC Aerospace Systems

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I choose Penn State because I wanted to attend a school that not only has a strong engineering program, but also a school that has great alumni and career resources, a large student body, passionate school spirit, and incredible extracurricular opportunities. I believe Penn State has all these aspects. When I toured Penn State for the first time, the students leading the tour used the following saying on many occasions, “You can make a big school small, but you can’t make a small school big.” Perhaps this is a clichéd saying at Penn State, but Penn State truly provides its engineering students with an incredible amount of resources. Whether it is joining a research lab or an engineering interest club, these are the environments that engineering students not only develop themselves as engineers but also make meaningful relationships with other students who share common interests.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory as an engineering student occurred in an EE 200 Design Tools course sophomore year. Throughout the semester, I was required to develop practical engineering applications using the knowledge and concepts obtained in prior electrical engineering classes. This experience allowed me to realize the importance of what we’re learning as engineering students and how the skills that we’re developing can truly have a positive impact on the world.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? As a first year engineering student, you will take courses that will primarily consist of learning the foundations of engineering. Use this time to develop a good work ethic and study habits. It will pay off in when you take later classes in your respective engineering disciplines. Also, surround yourself with other first year engineering students by living in an engineering Special Living Option (SLO) such as Engineering House (E-House). You will develop many close friendships with other engineering students that share similar classes and interests.

What do you plan to do after graduation? Upon graduating from Penn State, I will begin my career as a Systems Engineer in the System Architecture Design and Integration Directorate (SADID) at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Woburn, Massachusetts. Once I get established at Raytheon, I hope to further my education by obtaining a Master's degree in electrical engineering and business administration.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of engineering at Penn State is getting involved with THON OPPerations Committee. The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon otherwise known as THON is the world’s largest student run philanthropy where Penn State students raise millions of dollars every year for children with pediatric cancer who are a part the Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center that culminates into a 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon. I have never felt more a part of the Penn State community than when I am involved with THON. I find so much pride in being a part of something so selfless that saves so the lives of so many children. THON is what separates Penn State apart from any other university in the country.