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Ben Hartleb

Industrial Engineering
Class of 2020

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Extracurricular Activities: Springfield Benefiting THON, Camp Kesem, Outing Club

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Field Engineering Intern with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Summer 2017), Supply Chain Intern with Rockwell Automation (Summer 2018)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I grew up in a family with lots of Penn State alumni, and a lot of Penn State engineers in particular. Coming to a big school was always a dream of mine, especially all the opportunities and people that come with it. I fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere, with the passion and energy that were displayed by all the students. Penn State's world class engineering program and many research opportunities helped make the decision even easier, and I couldn't be more proud to call Happy Valley my home away from home!

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? N/A

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Always make sure to be open-minded! My current plan and intended path within the College of Engineering is wildly different than what high school, or even freshman year Ben had in mind. I have already switched my major, my career aspirations, and the clubs I thought I wanted to be a part of. It's all been for the best, and something that I'm very happy has happened! It can be scary to make big changes during college, but never be afraid to look around and try to find the things that you are truly passionate about.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I hope to work as an Industrial Engineer, possibly in either consulting or in the quality/manufacturing fields.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experiences outside of engineering have definitely come from the clubs and activities I am involved with on campus. The THON organization I am a part of, Springfield, has been where some of my best friends and favorite memories have come from. I've met so many awesome people who are incredibly committed to philanthropy, and have gotten the chance to grow closer with our paired families through visits and all kinds of fun events. Camp Kesem is another great club I've been involved in, and also serves as a "second home" of sorts in addition to Springfield thanks to all the wonderful people I have met.