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Carolyn Riegel

Industrial Engineering
Class of 2019

Hometown: West Chester, PA

High School: Academy of Notre Dame

Extracurricular Activities: Women's Club Lacrosse, Society of Women Engineers, Engineering Ambassadors (duh!!), Snowboarding

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Internship with GE Aviation

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to come to Penn State. Growing up in a "Penn State Family" made me fall in love with football, Happy Valley, the Creamery, and the idea of one day attending. Both of my older sisters ended up going to Penn State and I knew that this was the only place I wanted to be!

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? Working on the EDSGN100 project and being able to present our project to Lockheed Martin.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Study hard and don't be afraid to seek help if you're struggling! There are so many resources on campus and I did not take advantage of them enough, so you should!

What do you plan to do after graduation? Immediately after graduation, I would love to travel and see the world! Once I start working, I think I to remain in the Philadelphia area (where I am from). I hope to be working as a consultant for a large company, but also would love to work in optimization for an engineering manufacturing company.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My first experience at THON 2016 was incredible. I was a Dancer Relations Committee Member so being on the floor during THON made the experience that much more surreal. I had only been to THON once before when my oldest sister danced in 2014, but being apart of it as a student really put into perspective what those inflicted with pediatric cancer go through and how we can help to save their lives!