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Melissa Shallcross

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2017

Hometown: New Freedom, PA

High School: Susquehannock High School

Extracurricular Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Penn State Racing Formula SAE

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Internship with Pratt & Whitney Summer 2014 - Cold Section Engineering, Internship with Pratt & Whitney Summer 2015 - Hot Section Engineering

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? While searching for colleges, I realized how many great opportunities Penn State has to offer through the College of Engineering. Besides the diverse classes, there is an outstanding career resources network and numerous clubs that give students first-hand experience with manufacturing methods and design. I knew that Penn State is a great recruiting school for industries and that Penn State was a great place to develop my academic and professional skills.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My favorite memory as an engineering student at Penn State is learning how to work a lathe for the first time at the Learning Factory.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself with new things can really open your eyes to your abilities and help you discover fun new things to become involved with. Likewise, go to the career fair, even as a freshman! Freshmen do get internships. Even if you don't want one for your first summer, go to career events and build your network so that you have skills and contacts to reach out to when you decide you want to get an internship in the future.

What do you plan to do after graduation? Currently, I am considering either pursuing my Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or entering straight into industry full-time after graduation.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? One of my favorite memories with my friends here at Penn State is of carving pumpkins in a dorm room and carrying them to the arboretum for a fall festival and pumpkin-lighting.