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Betsy Miller

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Pottstown, PA

High School: Owen J. Roberts

Extracurricular Activities: Engineering Ambassadors, CHAARG, Springfield, SWE

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Engineering Leadership Development Internship at Siemens (Energy Management), Summer 2016; Management Rotational Program Internship at Capital One, Summer 2017; Undergraduate Researcher in OPEN Design Lab

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I chose to come to Penn State for so many reasons. Initially, I looked into Penn State because the engineering program is one of the best in the country and the career services are fantastic. Once I visited, I fell in love with the campus and culture--everyone is so happy and inclusive here. Even though I was uncertain about the size, I realized that a big school has so many opportunities to offer academically, professionally, extracurricularly, and socially. I couldn't be happier with my choice!

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory as an engineering student was working with a team of international students while studying abroad in Singapore. It was incredible to see how our different backgrounds and perspectives came together as we designed a product to sustainably clean a public place, and it was also incredible to experience such a unique foreign country.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? My advice to a first-year engineer is: don't worry. Don't worry about taking difficult classes--you will get through them with the help of friends, professors, and TAs, hard work, and good time management. Don't worry about your first bad exam grade--everyone bombs an exam at some point, and if you work hard, one bad grade won't sink you. And don't worry about the future--NO ONE truly knows what they want to do with their lives yet, but engineering is a perfect way to start because the options from there are limitless.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to go into industry after graduation, hopefully in a managerial role in a technical field. Last summer, I gained experience in the energy industry, and this summer, I will gain experience in the finance and tech industries, so I am still figuring out what feels right for me.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of engineering at Penn State has been being a part of CHAARG, which is a women's health and fitness club here on campus. I have met so many awesome, inspiring women and learned a ton about working out in fun, different ways and staying healthy for life. Its impact on me will definitely last far beyond my college years.