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Grace Noel

Chemical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Wexford, PA

High School: Pine-Richland High School

Extracurricular Activities: Engineering Ambassadors, Millennium Scholars Program, THON OPP Committee, Women in Engineering Program

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Undergraduate Research Assistant for Mallouk Group; 2015- Penn State Department of Chemistry REU; 2016- NNCI REU at the University of Texas

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? When trying to choose a college, Penn State really stood out to me. The academics and the College of Engineering reputation are strong, and beyond that, the Penn State community is something special. I knew that people were proud to be Penn Staters, and I have never heard of someone who didn't like it here. I chose Penn State because I knew I would like it, but I had no idea that I would love it as much as I do now.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory as an engineering student at Penn State was going to Singapore for the Summers by Design program after my freshman year. There, we took an Engineering Design class with students from Penn State, BYU, and the National University of Singapore. It was so cool to work in teams with all these different people and interact with native Singaporeans to engineer a solution for a real-life problem.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Become friends with the people in your classes! Studying with others will help you to do better, and having good friends in your classes makes it more fun as you move through your major.

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation, I plan on going to grad school to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. In the future I want to work in R&D in industry.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? I have loved being involved with THON, and it is my favorite part of being a Penn State student. The work that students do through THON is absolutely incredible, and I'm thankful that I've had the opportunity to be involved with it.