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Elena Gowdy

Architectural Engineering
Class of 2019

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

High School: North Hills High School

Extracurricular Activities: SWE, SSAE, ASHRAE, Career Envoy, IM sports

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Mechanical Engineering Intern-SmithgroupJJR, CAD and Engineer intern at AECOM

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I fell in love with the AE program and loved the environment that Penn State had when I visited.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory would be late nights studying with my best friends. (The best stories always happen at night)

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. You'll be surprised by what you can accomplish

What do you plan to do after graduation? Work as a Mechanical Design Engineer for a variety of building types.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience has been being involved with thon. Thon is an unbelievable experience you can't even fathom until you actually are there yourself.