Career Envoys

Career Envoys are undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least one co-op or internship experience and who help promote programs supported by both our office and the College of Engineering. They provide walk-in advising hours for engineering students and can answer questions about résumés, cover letters, interviews, and professionalism at work. They also reach out to engineering students, faculty, and employers through volunteerism at events, in special programs, and in classrooms.

Within our group of Career Envoys, there are two subgroups of Envoys who target specific student populations. International Student Career Envoys are international undergraduate engineering students with work experience who can answer questions their fellow international students may have about details like the application process for work visas or cultural adjustment to a U.S. workplace. Graduate Career Envoys are graduate engineering students who can answer career-related questions that are more specific to graduate students, especially those seeking industry positions.

Office Locations and Hours

Career Envoys

All undergraduate students are welcome to stop by and talk to Career Envoys in their cubicle on the top floor of Kunkle Lounge (between Hammond and Sackett Buildings) during their office hours. No appointments necessary!

If you are a student at a campus other than University Park, you can reach out to the Envoys by email.

SPRING 2016
Mondays: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. and 1:15–4:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 9:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fridays: 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:45–4:15 p.m.

See the Career Envoy calendar updates website for random changes to office hours.

International Student Career Envoys

International Student Career Envoys are available for limited weekly office hours in their cubicle on the top floor of Kunkle Lounge (between Hammond and Sackett Buildings).

SPRING 2016
Mondays: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 12:00 noon–4:00 p.m.

See the International Student Career Envoy calendar updates website for random changes to office hours.

Graduate Career Envoys

Graduate Career Envoys are available for limited weekly office hours in different locations.

SPRING 2016 (until April 29)
Fridays:
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in 304 EE East Building (Khashayar Kotobi, PhD)
1:00–3:00 p.m. in Kunkle Lounge cubicle (Raghav Goyal, MS)


Meet the Envoys

Envoys marked with an asterisk (*) are international students.



Elena Gowdy
erg5178@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.A.E., Architectural Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2019
Worked at:  AECOM (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my work experience was being able to help design and collaborate on projects that are currently being executed. At AECOM they were eager to let me have many responsibilities during the design process, which was an extremely rewarding experience.

Lauren Boyle
laurenjaneboyle@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.A.E., Architectural Engineering
Minor:  Architectural Studies
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  High Construction (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my work experience was working on several concurrent projects. I was able to take the technical, communication, and time-management skills I learned in school and apply them to real-life applications. The company I worked for is small, so I had the chance to work alongside almost everyone on the project management team.



Karol Kolc
kolckarol@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Aerospace Engineering
Minor:  IST for Aerospace Engineers
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Pratt & Whitney (Summer 2015); Budney Aerospace (Summer 2014); Sandia National Laboratories (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Getting a hands-on aspect of real engineering projects, working with people of different disciplines, and deciding on a specific career path. All of these things are involved while on a work experience. But the best part is gaining technical skills that are not typically learned in class by working on projects related to engineering.

Kathryn Lambert
kel5298@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Aerospace Engineering
Minor:  IST for Aerospace Engineers
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (Spring 2014); Dynatech Controls, Inc. (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part about working at NASA was being on a team with truly brilliant and devoted individuals. Meeting people who worked on the Apollo missions and learning from their experiences was an amazing opportunity and has really shaped my engineering career.



Sahil Desai
sdesai824@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Aerospace Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part of my experience was having the ability to work with an extremely diverse group of engineers and technicians to solve critical problems. It helped enable me to view situations and problems for various perspectives.

Alfredo C. Iturralde
aci5032@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science
Minor:  IST for Aerospace Engineers
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Northrop Grumman (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part of my experience was having the opportunity to both work as part of a dedicated team and pursue my own projects as I saw fit. Having that flexibility allowed me to really prove myself to the company and exercise the skills I have learned at Penn State.



Alex Miller
milleralex541@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  I enjoyed getting the chance to explore the inner workings of a massive company, and getting closer to understanding what I want to do with the rest of my life! It was also great to see people interested in my own personal development, building not only a network, but also fantastic friendships!

Chee Hau Teoh*
czt5227@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  Mechanics
Graduating:  May 2018
Worked at:  KOSSAN Rubber Industries (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  Getting to work in a multicultural environment is one of the greatest things I had so far in my internship. I enjoyed collaborating with different people from different background. We got to learn about each others' cultures and also motivate and inspire each other to get certain tasks done regardless of racial and language barriers. The experiences from an internship are not something we can learn from classes and books. Internships allow us to deal with different kinds of people and situations. It trained me to analyze problems from a mature standpoint. During my internship, I was assigned to a process improvement team. We focused on the improvement and re-engineering of the manufacturing process of rubber and disposable latex products through machine design, materials, machine automation, and lean Six Sigma. Everyone has a different fit for his or her career path. We are young and I believe that these four years during our undergraduate study will be a crucial time for us to explore and find our fit in our future career journey.



Georgia Konzel
gak5104@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Philips Healthcare (January to June 2014); Siemens Healthcare (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  I liked having the chance to network and communicate with other engineers and professionals.

Joshua Kessler
josh.kessler@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Image Insight (Summers 2012 and 2013); B. Braun (Summer 2014); TE Connectivity (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  My best work experience was at Image Insight, where I wrote original code to data-mine the company's database and extract and analyze important information. My work was so impactful to the company that I received a patent and a publication.



Brian McKellar
bvm5207@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Biomedical Engineering
Minor:  Economics
Graduating:  December 2016
Worked at:  Johnson and Johnson, McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Spring 2015); EpiBone Inc. (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  During both of these internships, I felt like I actually made a difference in the project. After working week after week, I was happy to look back and know that I made a difference while learning everything I could along the way.

Katherine Morgan
kpm5198@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Chemical Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Leadership & Development
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Phillips 66 Lubricants (Summer 2015); DuPont Corporate Headquarters (Summer 2014); DuPont Protection Technologies (Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  I loved learning what an engineering career truly was and how to collaborate with team members to achieve a task. Networking with people and discovering my career path via their stories was probably the most important aspect I could take away from my experiences. I have realized that a business-oriented career path is very possible for chemical engineers, and is the route I will probably follow!



Terry Kim*
tzk5127@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Chemical Engineering
Minor:  Theatre
Graduating:  December 2016
Worked at:  DPT Labs (Spring and Summer 2014, Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part about my three-rotation co-op experience was that it helped me expand my horizon both academically and professionally. Through my work terms, I have gained a great deal of insight into both the chemical engineering and the pharmaceutical industries. I have gained a clear idea of what type of work and industry I want to get into when I graduate from Penn State. I learned how to build and strengthen professional relationships and how to represent myself in professional settings. In addition, it helped me figure out my strengths and weaknesses within the industry. My work within the co-op translated to knowledge on how to better utilize academia to help me in the future. As I worked on challenging projects, I acknowledged the importance of ethical responsibility and safety as an engineer.

Tom Baylis
thombaylis@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Chemical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  DuPont (Fall 2014, Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The most impactful aspect of my work experience was implementing theoretical designs in a real-world manufacturing environment. Implementing designs in a manufacturing plant involves additional creativity and problem solving and I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved with it. Specifically, I was involved in a process engineering role and I learned about control systems, logic, pump sizing, and much more. I look forward to learning more about process engineering during my assignment with Chemours.



Megan Zuccato
megzuccato@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Chemical Engineering and Applied Spanish
Minor:  Polymer Science
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Braskem America (Summer 2015 and 2016)
Best thing about my work experience:  The most valuable takeaway for me from my internship was that finding a company with a culture and environment that fits your personality is the most important thing. I worked at a polypropylene plant, and while it is important to be interested in the product you're making, what made me enjoy my experience so much was the people I worked with and the environment I worked in, not the fact that we were making polypropylene pellets. Everyone wants something different in a job, and it's important to find a position with a company that is personally fulfilling for you.

Anna George
axg5379@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Civil Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Leadership Development
Graduating:  May 2018
Worked at:  Federal Highway Administration (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing from my experience was being outdoors. I had a lot more fun visiting our project sites rather than sitting in the office on a rainy day. It was great to see our designs from the project physically come to life day by day.



Danielle Berman
dvb5358@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Civil Engineering
Minor:  Spanish
Graduating:  Fall 2017
Worked at:  STV Inc. (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my internship at STV was the opportunity to work on real projects and produce deliverables that the company actually submit. As a sophomore, I hadn't even started learning about anything related to that field yet but the people at STV taught me everything I needed to know and gave me a lot of responsibility. Now I feel like an expert in my classes!

Shaurya Rastogi*
shaurya.rastogi@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Computer Engineering
Minor:  Mathematics
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Fidelity Investments (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." These golden words by Benjamin Franklin effectively synopsize my most productive summer at Fidelity Investments. I was thrilled to see how the strong analytical and quantitative skills, I gained as an engineer could be put to use in the financial services sector to make an impact. In addition to gaining some excellent social skills and work ethics by being on the job, I networked with some of the best minds and learned a lot about the inner workings of a company which has $2.1 trillion of assets under management and is redefining the way people invest their savings to create a financially secure future of their dreams.



Sparsh Saxena*
sparsh@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Computer Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  December 2017
Worked at:  West Arête Computing Inc. (Summer 2015, Fall 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  "There are two kinds of coders: the Legality Guys and the Morality Guys. While both write working code, it is the morality guys who can produce long-lasting, user-friendly code." I understood the importance of taking care of the aesthetics of the code I write. This was also the first time I was genuinely inspired to write code that I could take pride in. It has not only taught me many great things about software development but also great life lessons. It has taught me about professional integrity; it has taught me about giving back to the community, and it has taught me the power of trust. My experience with West Arête has made me much more confident about my capabilities and has reassured me about choosing computer engineering as a profession.

Arun Kumar
arunkumar@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Computer Science
Minor:  Security and Risk Analysis
Graduating:  Spring 2017
Worked at:  PinnacleHealth (Summer 2014); Dell (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part about working at Dell was getting to see what working at a large multinational corporation's headquarters felt like. Getting hands-on experience resolving a problem that affected close to 100,000 employees internally was quite rewarding, especially since I picked up skills I might not have learned in a traditional classroom environment.



Kaitlyn Heinzmann
kaitlyn.heinzmann@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Computer Science
Minor:  IST and Mathematics
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Rockwell Automation (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part about working at Rockwell was getting to learn on the job. I have taken many programming courses at Penn State but, through my projects, I was able to learn several new languages and was exposed to tools I had never seen before. It was also a great experience to work on a team of software engineers and to learn how to efficiently get projects done, one sprint at a time.

Ria Bhatia
riabhatia@live.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Computer Science
Minor:  Engineering Leadership Development; Mathematics
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  L-3 Communications (Summer 2011); Microsoft (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  This summer at Microsoft I was able to interact with so many diverse people. The people really made the experience for me because they taught me so much and they built me up so be a better person and a better Computer Science major. Now my knowledge of industry, software, and people skills have expanded because of my amazing experience at Microsoft.



Vincent Wang*
v_wang@outlook.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Computer Science
Minor:  Statistics and Mathematics
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Edible Arrangements International (Summer 2015); SoShare Mobile (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about working at Edible Arrangements was the opportunity to get hands-on experience on projects that impacted the company. Because of the fairly small size of the software development division, it was easy to exchange ideas with my co-workers. My biggest accomplishment was building a sales data application that helped the business team analyze the sales on a dynamic map.

Amelia Smith
ans222@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Electrical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Rockwell Automation (Summer 2014); The Boeing Company (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part about my work experiences has been working alongside extremely talented engineers and understanding more about what they do and how they get work done. I've also enjoyed being able to work on really interesting products and programs.



Akshay Sanwal*
akshaysanwal@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Six
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Sheetz (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  My internship at Sheetz was an amazing and unforgettable experience. It was a fulfilling experience as I got to experience the corporate culture as a freshman and got to have real work experience. Working for a corporate firm is so much different than working at smaller companies and startups. I also learned new about new technologies that would be beneficial to me as an industrial engineer. I was able to actually use my time management and communicative skills that I learned at Penn State and that made my internship experience much better.

Maggie Jiang*
Liwenjiang95@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Six Sigma
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Hi-Lex Control(Summer 2014); Sanoh America( Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  It is exciting when you use the things you learned from school to solve problems in a real workplace and when you also gain experience that you can never learn in school. You will feel awesome when you actually solved problems using your knowledge and help the company become better.



Malorie Feidner
mjf5493@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  John Deere (Summer 2013); GE Transportation (Spring 2014); John Deere (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my internships was that they were all very diverse experiences. My GE internship was more hands-on and fast-paced work, and my two Deere internships allowed me to work in global teams and learn more about the long-term planning that goes into manufacturing products. I was able to see many facets of manufacturing and engineering, so I think that really helped me narrow down where I want to take my career.

Tim Beck
tob5201@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Sheetz, Inc. (Summer 2014); Robert Bosch, LLC (Spring & Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  Working at Bosch in Charleston was a great experience because of the amount of exposure you get to the automotive industry and manufacturing. Whether you work in quality, technical engineering functions, production, or maintenance, you typically get some pretty cool projects to do. Some of them even have impacts on customers such as Ford, Nissan, Tesla, etc.



Ellen Fagan
ecf5076@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Industrial Engineering and Spanish
Minor:  International Studies
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Rockwell Automation, Summers 2013 and 2015
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part of my internship as a Sales Engineer Intern was getting to see our customers and their different applications of our products. It was like "How It's Made" every day!

Rittu Sam Raju
rsr5151@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Mechanics and Mathematics
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Pratt and Whitney - United Technologies (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part of my internship was that I learned more application of engineering concepts in three months than what I learned in three years of college. My internship introduced me to the world of industry, which I have not seen or experienced before. I had the opportunity to work in teams with lot of smart and cool people at P&W. This internship gave me an opportunity to differentiate between graduate school research and industrial work. I am obliged to P&W for giving me such an awesome experience.



Eric Tschantz
elt5104@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Procter & Gamble (Summers 2014 and 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best aspect of my work experience was that I worked on a global team to develop a machine for P&G's North America facilities. I was able to gain experience in a production facility while also working in a development role.

Gina Valerio
gov5020@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  NAVSEA (Summer 2014); VideoRay (Summer 2013); Gilmore and Associates (May 2012)
Best thing about my work experience:  NAVSEA: Exploring a new part of the country, and getting up close and personal with the engineering systems that run submarines. VideoRay: Being a part of a small company allowed me to take projects from conception to shipment.



Maxine Taylor
mit5276@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  December 2017
Worked at:  The Dow Chemical Company (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part of my work experience was getting to apply the skills I learned at school in a hands on setting. It is really satisfying to see a project you worked on implemented into a quality control system. I also really enjoyed working on a set of research and manufacturing-based projects with employees from many different backgrounds.

Victoria Zhao*
zixuan0224@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  Volvo Group Trucks (Spring and Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  Working at Volvo was an amazing experience because I was able to work with many talented and passionate engineers and they have taught me a lot, such as showing me how to interact professionally and efficiently in a work environment. My mentors gave me the tools that I will need to succeed in my future career. Specifically, I have learned a lot about how to program with MATLAB, which made me feel like an expert in class when I came back to school. We've also built strong connections by sharing different stories about ourselves. In addition, they have given me a lot of suggestions for my future career. They are really willing to share their personal career paths and what might benefit me in the future. Within my eight-month co-op, I was also able to see different aspects of engineering and work on different projects, which helped me understand the industry better.



Ashwin Ramesh*
ashwinsramesh@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  M.Eng., Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Mylan Pharmaceuticals (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  As Mylan interns, we were constantly reminded of our mission to provide high-quality affordable medicine and the social responsibility that comes along with it. Presentations to senior leaders, talks from industry guests, and networking events facilitated a holistic learning environment throughout the summer. My internship with Mylan has strengthened my belief that the healthcare industry is where I want to be. The prospect of having access to 7 billion people across the world and shaping their lives is a great incentive to work for.

Raghav Goyal*
rzg164@psu.edu
Degree & Major/Concentration:  M.S., Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Cummins Inc. (Summer 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  I was given my own project to work on from day one, where my suggestions and findings were actually implemented in my team's day to day operations. Furthermore I got the chance to work with many individuals from all across the country working in different departments to align information so that it could be used to create right model for the project.



Khashayar Kotobi*
khashi@gmail.com
Degree & Major/Concentration:  Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  December 2016
Worked at:  ANSYS, Inc. (January-August 2015)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part about working at ANSYS was being on a team with an extremely brilliant group of software engineers to solve challenging problems together. It helped me to improve and extend my ability as a team member. It also improved my ability as a programmer to use my programming skills for critical problem solving.

Meet the International Envoys

The current International Envoys are profiled at the Global Engineering Education website.

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