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Rachel Schellberg

Aerospace Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Garnet Valley, PA

High School: Garnet Valley

Extracurricular Activities: Soaring Club, Younglife, Sailplane Lab, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Engineering Ambassadors

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: The Boeing Company, Flight Test Operations Intern (Summer 2016); Women in Science and Engineering Research, Penn State Nuclear Engineering Department (Spring 2015)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Penn State fit everything I wanted in a school. I needed a place where I could get involved in clubs and a project related to aerospace. I learned Penn State had a lab building a human powered airplane (HPA) and activities like THON and was immediately sold. I am still amazed by the opportunities I have had as a student here from taking courses such as racquetball to taking flight lessons with the Soaring Club on the weekend.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? I was on a team for the AIAA Design, Build, Fly competition my freshman year. It was a radio-controlled aircraft competition that had its fly-off in Tucson, AZ. There was a lot of learning and long nights fixing the aircraft that weekend, but it is still one of my favorite trips.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Talk with upperclassmen in the major you are interested in. They will be your greatest resource for knowing what courses and professors are worth taking, how to get involved in projects and research, and what companies are worth pursuing internships with.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I intend to go to graduate school for my M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. After that, I do not have any plans other than to continue in a position that supports my passion for aircraft!

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? I was in the fall pep band my first semester and through that was able to be a part of each women’s home volleyball match. It was a great way to keep music in my life once I got to college.