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 the following days/times each week:

FALL 2014
Mondays: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fridays: 9:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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

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@psu.edu
Major:  Aerospace Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Mechanics
Graduating:  December 2014
Worked at:  NASA Johnson Space Center (Fall 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  During each rotation, I work in a different division at NASA. I usually even get to choose the branch I'd like to work in. This lets me choose the branches that do work similar to school subjects I enjoyed. I've found that just because I love a subject at school, that doesn't mean I'll enjoy doing that subject for my career. It was great to test the waters before having to make a decision about my career path.

Kathryn Lambert
kel5298@psu.edu
Major:  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
Major:  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.

Ashley Bistline
anb5301@psu.edu
Major:  Architectural Engineering
Minor:  Architectural Studies & Sustainability Leadership
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Turner Construction Company (Summer 2013, Summer 2014, Full-Time beginning 2015); Holbein Inc. (Summer 2012)
Best thing about my work experience:  At Holbein Inc., I was exposed to a smaller side of the construction industry and was able to get good exposure without being overwhelmed. At Turner Construction Company, I worked in the Special Projects Division my first summer and in the field my second summer. For SPD I was working on several jobs at a time and I got to gain experience in a variety of areas, while seeing the job from start to finish. In the field, I got to see a high-rise building get moving from the ground up and it was a great opportunity to interact with subs and my team.



Lauren Boyle
laurenjaneboyle@gmail.com
Major:  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.

Dana Burzo
dmb5296@psu.edu
Major:  Architectural Engineering (BAE/MAE)
Minor:  Spanish, Int'l Studies, Architectural Studies
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Restaurants Consulting Group (Summer 2011) Barton Malow, Atlanta(Summer 2012); Barton Malow, State College (Spring 2013–Spring 2014); Barton Malow, Daytona Beach(Spring 2014–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!



Georgia Konzel
gak5104@psu.edu
Major:  Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Philips Ultrasound (Spring 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  At Philips, I was treated like a full-time engineer. I had my own projects, set up my own meetings, and worked with fellow engineers in order to complete my tasks. I had a great mentor, but I loved how independent I could be and take my projects in a direction that I saw was best.

Kaylyn Hannon
keh5382@psu.edu
Major:  Biomedical Engineering
Minor:  Certificate: HESE
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Philips Ultrasound (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  My internship gave me some interesting insight; it showed me that I want to go right into industry when I graduate, but it also showed me a career path that I don't want to take. I'm grateful I had the experience to learn about what it's like in industry; before working, I had no idea which direction I wanted to go!



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@gmail.com
Major:  Chemical Engineering
Minor:  Engineering Leadership & Development
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  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 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, January–August 2013, May–August 2014), 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 course work which, in the long run, is directing my future to the path I so desire.



Dennis James
dzj5063@psu.edu
Major:  Civil Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Bechtel Power (Summer 2012); ExxonMobil (Summers 2013 & 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  The thing I enjoyed most about my internships was that I got the opportunity to see what it was like to be a contractor (Bechtel) and to be a client (ExxonMobil). Between my three internships and two companies I have learned a lot about engineering and business from many many perspectives.

Moyo Williams
mow5248@psu.edu
Major:  Computer Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  General Electric (GE) Transportation (Summer 2014); SCA Americas (Summer 2012); Go2IT Group Inc (Summers 2011 and 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  I gained valuable insight about the plethora of options available to a Computer Engineer in terms of a career path to choose. I also saw first-hand how the knowledge I gained from my classes could be utilized in an enterprise environment. Furthermore, getting to interact with other passionate, motivated people from diverse backgrounds was a really great experience.



Ria Bhatia
riabhatia@live.com
Major:  Computer Science
Minor:  Engineering Leadership Development Minor, Mathema
Graduating:  May 2017
Worked at:  L-3 Communications (Summer 2011); Microsoft (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  

Kyle Sibert
kts5152@psu.edu
Major:  Electrical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  Fall 2015
Worked at:  Kimberly-Clark (Summer and Fall 2013); Northrop Grumman (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  Northrop Grumman and Kimberly-Clark provided tremendous work experiences 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 and Fall 2012); Tozour Trane (Summer 2013); National Instruments (Summer 2014)
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 neighborhood electronics store.

Christie Green
cng5064@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Six Sigma
Graduating:  December 2014
Worked at:  Lowe's Companies Inc. (Summer 2014); GENCO Supply Chain Logistics (Summer 2013); Ellwood Group (Summer 2012)
Best thing about my work experience:  Throughout my past internships, 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:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Intel Corporation (Summer 2013); Ernst & Young (Summer 2014)
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.

Maggie Hartigan
mmh5378@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  The J.M. Smucker Company (summer 2013); Nestle USA (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  Although I worked both summers in the food industry, something I enjoyed about my two internships was how different they were. This helped guide my decision on what type of work I'd like to do after graduation. At Smucker's I gained a lot of supply chain knowledge that I had not learned about directly in my studies. At Nestle I had a manufacturing role where I got to do more hands-on projects, and was able to relate what I was learning in the classroom to my projects. My favorite thing about my internships was 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 with Smuckers was participating in the Taste Panel and trying all the new products! At Nestle my favorite part of the whole experience was getting to know the operators on the floor, hearing their stories, and listening to the advice they had to give.



Malorie Feidner
mjf5493@psu.edu
Major:  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.

Michael Sarcona
mos5401@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Danaher Corporation (Summer 2014); Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) (Summer 2013)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my experience, at both Danaher and NAVAIR, was the interaction with so many different people. Specifically, I enjoyed working closely with skillful inspectors, machinists, welders, and assembly techs. I formed close bonds with many operators, and they helped me tremendously during my internship. Also, I got to travel 3 times with Danaher. I had never been on a plane before this summer.



Natalie Hoopes
nataliehoopes13@gmail.com
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  Six Sigma
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  W.L. Gore & Associates (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  Gore really provided a welcoming cultural atmosphere, where initiative and passion were applauded and all associates were there to provide you with information and details about their experience. My project was also very relevant to the line of work that I would like to have a career in, which is incorporating technical skills and Industrial Engineering into the aerospace industry. I was also able to tour some of the different divisions of Gore and recognize the other great parts of the company!

Tim Beck
tob5201@psu.edu
Major:  Industrial Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Sheetz, Inc. (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  Working in the operational efficiency department at Sheetz taught me how to think like a true engineer. I gained exposure to real industry problems and was asked to find solutions. I learned how to utilize practical IE tools and worked under the guidance of successful University of Pitt and Penn State IE graduates! The 50% off discount on delicious MTO food was probably the best part though!



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); Volvo (Summer 2014)
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:  N/A
Graduating:  December 2015
Worked at:  Kimberly-Clark (Summer–Fall 2013); GE Oil & Gas (Summer 2014)
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! At GE, I was given the opportunity to meet and interact with a lot of vendors, which led to major cost savings in my main project.



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!

Eric Tschantz
elt5104@psu.edu
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2016
Worked at:  Procter & Gamble (Summer 2014)
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
Major:  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.

Isaac Moore
ijmoore113@gmail.com
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  Air Products (Summer 2013, Summer 2014)
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:  Film Studies
Graduating:  May 2015
Worked at:  NASA Johnson Space Center (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  The team-oriented projects going on at NASA allowed me to collaborate with engineers from many different disciplines. This experience allowed me to work on my engineering and interpersonal skills in a field that I am passionate about.

Veronica Dallas
vcd5019@psu.edu
Major:  Mechanical Engineering and Fine Arts
Minor:  N/A
Graduating:  ME in 2015 and Art in 2016
Worked at:  GE Transportation (Summer 2013); Procter & Gamble (Summer 2014)
Best thing about my work experience:  The best thing about my work experience has been the ability to see how the knowledge I have gained through courses in school has translated into the real-world skills needed to succeed as a world-class engineer. I have had the opportunity to complete two very different internships with two very different companies. In each, I have had the opportunity to discover what it is I like; and, equally as important, what I am not looking for in my future career. The projects I have completed have directly influenced company actions and allowed me to gain a perspective on the vastly diverse roles available for engineers.



Meet the International Envoys

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

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