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Katie Corridoni

Chemical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Saltsburg, PA

High School: Saltsburg Middle-High School

Extracurricular Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Career Envoy, Chemical Engineering Honors Society (OXE)

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Co-op at Janssen Research & Development, Johnson & Johnson (Summer/Fall 2016) ; Intern at Merck (Summer 2017)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I went to a very small high school, and graduated with just over 50 other students. I wanted to attend a larger university that offered a variety of ways for me to get involved and meet diverse people while getting a great education. I was hesitant about the size of Penn State until a tour guide said “You can make a big campus small, but you can’t make a small campus big.” Penn State offers a welcoming community that allows students to personalize their experiences.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My favorite engineering memory was my study abroad experience after my freshman year. As an engineering student, I didn’t think that I would be able to study abroad until I heard about a summer program in China through my First Year Seminar professor. I took my first flight to China to spend 28 days traveling through the country, visiting seven diverse cities and traveling to a variety of engineering marvels. It was an awesome experience!

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Never doubt your ability to succeed! College is different from high school and engineering students can be overwhelmed when they begin that transition in their first-year classes. Maybe your exam grade was not as high as you had hoped, or you received a rejection from one of your top internship companies. Never forget to admire your successes and don’t sweat the small stuff.

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation, I will be working for Merck as an engineer in vaccine manufacturing. Later on, I may pursue an MBA to better understand technical business practices.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? N/A