Engineering Career and International Envoys

In recognition of the importance of peer-to-peer promotion of co-op, internship, and international education experiences, our office supports two engineering student advising and mentorship programs: Engineering Career Envoys and International Envoys.

Engineering Career Envoys have completed at least one co-op or internship experience and help promote programs supported by both our office and the College of Engineering.

International Envoys have completed one or more international co-op, internship, or study abroad experiences. In addition to answering questions about working or studying abroad, they may be able to provide general travel information or advice about intercultural adaptation and communication, based on their personal experiences.

Both groups of Envoys reach out to engineering students, faculty, and employers through volunteerism at events, in special programs, and in classrooms.

Envoy Office Hours
Meet the Engineering Career Envoys
Meet the International Envoys


Envoy Office Hours

Both the Engineering Career Envoys and the International Envoys hold weekly walk-in office hours during the fall and spring semesters. They can provide general career advice, answer questions about job searching, offer help with the eCareer job search system, and review résumés. No appointments are necessary. For students who are not at the University Park campus, Envoys may be reached by email (contact the Engineering Career Envoys or the International Envoys).

Engineering Career Envoys office hours are held in the Envoy Cubicle on the top floor of Kunkle Lounge (corner of Hammond and Sackett Buildings) during regular business hours Mondays through Fridays. We will provide Fall 2014 office hours as soon as possible after the Envoys have determined their schedules.

International Envoys office hours are held in the Envoy Cubicle on the top floor of Kunkle Lounge (corner of Hammond and Sackett Buildings) during the fall and spring semesters. Their most current schedule can be found at the Global Engineering Education website.


Meet the Engineering Career Envoys



Brian Killeen
bqk5043@gmail.com
Major:  Aerospace Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Mechanics
Graduating:  Fall 2014
Worked at:  NASA Johnson Space Center (Fall 2012, Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Working in different divisions every rotation is the best part of my work experience. I get to test the waters and find out what job suits me best before becoming a full-time employee.

Ashley Bistline
ashleybistline@gmail.com
Major:  Architectural Engineering
Minor:  Architectural Studies & Sustainability Leadership
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Holbein, Inc. (Summer 2012), Turner Construction Company (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  At Holbein Inc., I got to work with such a variety of people who didn't always get along, so it was a great way to learn how to communicate and compromise effectively. At Turner Construction Company, I worked in the Special Projects Division, which meant that I was working on several jobs at a time and I got to gain experience in a variety of areas.



Dana Burzo
dmb5296@psu.edu
Major:  Architectural Engineering
Minor:  Spanish
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Barton Malow (Summer 2012, Spring 2013-Present)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my work experience was being responsible for certain items on site. I was able to learn in ways that can't be taught in the classroom and it was very empowering.

David Currie
dpc5133@psu.edu
Major:  Chemical Engineering
Minor:  Business/Liberal Arts
Graduating:  Spring 2015
Worked at:  Phillips 66 (Summer 2013), ChromaTan Corp. (Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Industrial experience gives context to academia. I enjoyed having the opportunity to get a more complete understanding of engineering principles in an industrial setting.



Katherine Morgan
kpm5198@psu.edu
Major:  Chemical Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Leadership & Development
Graduating:  December 2015
Worked at:  DuPont Protection Technologies (Spring 2013, Summer 2013)
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 cannot wait to return to DuPont and continue discovering the lifestyle of an engineer, but also growing as a professional!

Kelly Helfrich
kellyhelfrich@gmail.com
Major:  Chemical Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Leadership & Development
Graduating:  December 2014
Worked at:  The Dow Chemical Company (Summer 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  I loved having real-world experience applying the equations and concepts I learned in classes at Penn State to industrial problems. I had sole responsibility for several projects, which allowed me to learn the work process of gathering information and troubleshooting problems.



Kristen Woznick
kaw5453@psu.edu
Major:  Chemical Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Leadership and Development
Graduating:  December 2014
Worked at:  The Dow Chemical Company (May–August 2012), Windber Research Institute (May–August 2011)
Best thing about my work experience:  My co-op and internship experiences have allowed me to take part in real-world industrial practices that have provided me with endless networking opportunities and diverse job roles that have allowed me to better my educational experience as a Chemical Engineer by being to see in person what I am learning about in my coursework which, in the long run, is directing my future to the path I so desire.

Rachel Schartner
res5241@psu.edu
Major:  Chemical Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Leadership Development and History
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  Dupont-Spruance Plant (Fall 2010, Summer 2011, Spring and Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Getting to put your classroom experience to work in an industry setting while interacting with other interns and full-time employees!



Tara Logut
tml5147@psu.edu
Major:  Chemical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  Kimberly-Clark Corporation (summer 2011, fall 2011, summer 2012, summer 2013, fall 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  The corporate culture was fantastic, and I was able to apply engineering concepts to real-world manufacturing. I was given meaningful projects over the course of my terms, and I was treated as a full-time employee and team member rather than as an intern.

Grace H. Lee
ghjl3e@gmail.com
Major:  Computer Science
Minor:  Economics
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  Amazon.com (Summer 2013), Moofwd Inc. (Summer 2012)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part about my work experience is that I gained some real-life, industry experience outside of the academic world. The second-best part was spending an entire summer in beautiful Seattle, WA!



Alexis Jackson
atj5040@psu.edu
Major:  Electrical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  Corning, Inc. (Summer 2011), Harris RF Communications (Summer 2012), ExxonMobil (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  The internship after my first year convinced me to be an electrical engineer as opposed to doing industrial engineering. During these three summers, I learned a lot about myself and what I want to do after I graduate.

Kyle Sibert
kts5152@psu.edu
Major:  Electrical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  Fall 2015
Worked at:  Kimberly-Clark Corporation (May–December 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Kimberly-Clark provided a tremendous work experience that taught me the way to apply my technical skills in the workforce and to be a true professional.



Marc Khouri
mnk5084@psu.edu
Major:  Electrical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  December 2014
Worked at:  Ingersoll Rand (summer 2012, fall 2012)
Best thing about my work experience:  I loved being able to take engineering knowledge from the classroom and transform it into a real product that you can find on the shelves of your nearest big-box store.

Alexandra Greene
amg5624@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  Chesapeake Energy, Federal Government
Best thing about my work experience:  Being able to understand why engineers are so vital to society and applying some of the skills I have learned at Penn State!



Alexis Bianco
ajb5804@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  Giant Eagle (summer 2012), Accenture (spring, summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best part of my work experience was taking advantage of the responsibility I was given as an intern by being open to learning from others and growing confident in the work I provided. I also expanded my professional network and learned of multiple opportunities available to industrial engineers.

Christie Green
c.n.green.01@gmail.com
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Six Sigma
Graduating:  December 2014
Worked at:  GENCO Supply Chain Logistics (Summer 2013), Ellwood Group (Summer 2012)
Best thing about my work experience:  While working at GENCO and Ellwood City Forge, I was lucky enough to meet a number of people who have real passion for what they do in the workplace. I was inspired to consider what I learn at Penn State in a different light, and how I can take that knowledge and use it to improve the world.



Jamie Sweeney
jsweeney287@gmail.com
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Six Sigma
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Intel Corporation (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Finally applying everything I learned in the classroom to real-world situations and making an positive impact during my short time at the company.

Jordan Smith
jes5496@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  SolEpoxy (Summer 2012, Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  I enjoyed working in a non-typical manufacturing environment and learning how quality management systems operate.



Lauren Riegel
lwr5052@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Business/Liberal Arts and Six Sigma
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  Smuckers (summer 2012), Philips Healthcare (spring 2013), Accenture (summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  I really liked being able to apply what I learned in the classroom to real-life business practices.

Maggie Hartigan
mmh5378@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Six Sigma (possibly)
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  The J.M. Smucker Company (summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Something I enjoyed about my experience at Smucker's was gaining knowledge in supply chain and having it relate to some of my current classes. I also loved getting to know the people I worked with on a personal level and making new friendships. It was not always all about business, which made my work day enjoyable. My favorite thing about my work experience though, was participating in the Smucker's Taste Panel and trying all the new products!



Michael Kupinski
mwk5284@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Business, Six Sigma
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  Walt Disney World (Spring 2012, Summer 2012), Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  The friends and professional contacts I gained through both of my experiences taught me more than I ever could have hoped and will prove invaluable to me in the future.

Yi Chen
yqc5167@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Six Sigma, Information Sciences and Technology
Graduating:  December 2014
Worked at:  Alcoa Inc. (Summer 2013); MWV (Fall 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Not until I worked in real manufacturing companies did I redefine the value of my major. It is exciting to see that the technical terms, methodologies, even software I learned in school are applied in daily job assignments. Also, being able to build networking outside of school helps to broaden my mind and prepare for my future career.



Andrew Smiddy
asmiddy88@gmail.com
Major:  Industrial Engineering and Economics
Minor:  Six Sigma
Graduating:  December 2015
Worked at:  Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Summer–Fall 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  I got to see my projects implemented immediately while I was co-oping and I was able to see results from my hard work!

Chidi Chukwunenye
ctc5118@psu.edu
Major:  Materials Science and Engineering
Minor:  Bioengineering
Graduating:  May 2014
Worked at:  AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Summer 2011), Christal Care Services (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my work experiences has been learning a variety of skills that can be applied to different industries should I choose to do something outside of engineering in the future. My experiences have molded me into a more well-rounded student.



Ashlee Palm
aep5209@psu.edu
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  December 2015
Worked at:  Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Summer-Fall 2013), The Boeing Company (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my work experience was the success of one of my projects. K-C is rolling it out to all of North America!

Christopher Kozuch
chris.kozuch@gmail.com
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  Mathematics
Graduating:  2016
Worked at:  Kennametal, Inc. (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  One of the things I enjoyed most was the hands-on experience. Actually holding the parts in your hand and running the machines is much different than theorizing about them in class.



Gina Valerio
gvalerio912@gmail.com
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  2016
Worked at:  VideoRay (Summer 2013), Gilmore and Associates (May 2012)
Best thing about my work experience:  I had to make a tough decision and live it out for the rest of the summer, but made sure it was a positive experience.

Isaac Moore
iom5044@psu.edu
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Air Products (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  My experience exposed me to real-world engineering that involved working on meaningful projects. I used skills I had developed through my coursework and gained invaluable insight into my career path.



Jimmy Herring
jth5192@psu.edu
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  NASA Johnson Space Center (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  Receiving a true hands-on experience in a field that I am passionate about was an incredibly rewarding experience, but the best thing was probably the space ice cream.

Meet the International Envoys

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

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