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Matt Gorka

Industrial Engineering
Class of 2017

Hometown: Bridgewater NJ

High School: Bridgewater Raritan High School

Extracurricular Activities: Run Triathlons, member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Member of IISE

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Internship with P&G as a Process Engineer, Internship with Amazon Fresh as an Area Manager.

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I originally planned to major in Chemical Engineering and was deciding between Penn State and University of Delaware (UDel). At UDel, you were required to declare your major after your first semester, which was a little nerve-wracking since I was not even sure what life is like as a chemical engineer. When I went on an Engineering Ambassador tour of Penn State, the guides mentioned that you declared your major after your 3rd semester. Throughout the tour they mentioned all of the resources that were available to students like a First Year Seminar class and undergraduate research. Because the two schools were so close, this was a deciding factor. It was a good thing too because after my first semester I found out that I was just flat out not good at chemistry. After that, I took a first year seminar in Industrial Engineering, and it turned out to be a perfect fit for me. I could not be happier with my decision to come to Penn State.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? Its tough to pick just one. During spring break of my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to go to France with a research project I was a part of. It was my first time abroad and it was a life changing experience. Myself and all of my roommates had a great learning opportunity, and were still able to experience a lot of what France had to offer.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Branch out, try new experiences, and be a leader. There are so many opportunities that Penn State has to offer, I can almost guarantee you will find a passion you never gave any thought to. Doing so will help you make new friends and become more well rounded. Secondly, engineering is tough, and academics will take more time than you think. There will be days that your friends decide to skip class and play volleyball on Old Main and you will be studying straight through until it is time to go to bed. But despite this, you cannot just focus on school work. Just as important as your grades is finding out who you are as a leader. Being a leader does not just mean bossing people around. It means being the person who takes initiative, the one who will go the extra mile, and the one who inspires others to take action. Regardless of where you plan to go after college, people want to work with those who are leaders and who want to make an impact on the world.

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation I will be moving to Chicago to work as a valuation engineer for Ernst & Young. I will be working on a team comprised solely of engineers where we will be working to generate values for manufacturing equipment of various companies and clients.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? During my junior year I was invited to race at collegiate nationals with the Penn State triathlon team. It was an unbelievable experience to race with my teammates as well as see friends from my high school race for other schools.To cap it off, our president, a fellow engineering student won both national titles. It was pretty incredible, and showed that just because you are an engineering student, does not mean you don't have enough time for your passions.