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Justin Roarty

Aerospace Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

High School: Father Judge

Extracurricular Activities: Engineering Orientation Network, THON, AIAA, IM Sports

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Sierra Nevada Corporation in Centennial, CO (Summer 2016)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I chose to come to Penn State for three reasons. First, growing up in Philadelphia, I wanted to get out of the city and see some trees, and Penn State's campus exceeds any expectations I had when looking at schools. Second, THON. THON is an amazing student-run philanthropy that simply does not exist at any other school or other organization in the world. THON changes lives and I knew I wanted to get involved. Lastly, Penn State's College of Engineering. The College of Engineering left a great impression on me after visiting PSU during the summer, and I knew that if I went to Penn State, I would be well prepared academically post graduation.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? Becoming an Engineering Ambassador! Being offered an EA position let me know that I was doing things right as an engineering student. It's also allowed me to meet so many great people from current students to alumni to corporate recruiters.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? These are the best four years of your life! Take advantage of everything that is offered to you. Always keep your head up. One exam grade will not ruin your life. Get to know your professors. Go to the career fair even if chances are slim you'll get anything as a first-year student. Make some sacrifices in school so you won't have to make them later in life. Remember, struggle and criticism are prerequisites for greatness.

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation, I plan to get a job in the aerospace industry, either in the defense or space systems fields.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of engineering at Penn State has to be THON 2016. I represented my THON Org, Engineering House, as a dancer. Standing for 46 hours FTK is something I will never forget for the rest of my life.