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Rachel Diamond

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Uniontown

High School: Uniontown Area High School

Extracurricular Activities: Penn State Women in Engineering Facilitator, Engineering Ambassadors, Engineering Orientation Network (EON), and Penn State Shotokan Karate Club

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: General Electric (GE) Transportation in Erie, PA

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Penn State has one of the best engineering programs and I knew that I would be challenged in my courses, which is definitely important to me.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? Having the opportunity to work with GE Transportation this summer, because I was able to see what engineers are fully capable of by assembling & testing locomotives. Another cool aspect was working with other engineering interns that had the same motivation & determination as myself, which provided a great environment to learn, develop, and make new friends.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Don't ever give up: if you fall down nine times, get up ten. Some of the courses at the beginning may be difficult, but it's definitely worth it to persevere; I promise it gets better.

What do you plan to do after graduation? To obtain my M.S. degree in marine engineering, so that I can apply both mechanical & nuclear concepts into a field that I am most passionate about. For me, to love what I'm doing is the most important factor when considering a career.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? Joining the Penn State Shotokan Karate Club freshman year, because I was able to join a familiar club (I started karate when I was six) and it made me feel at home. By participating, I was able to make many friends which provided me a social life outside of class work. Now, I'm proud to say that I carry on that sense of warmth & welcome by leading the club as head instructor.