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Alyssa Mangano

Architectural Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Newtown, PA

High School: Council Rock North High School

Extracurricular Activities: Engineering Ambassadors, SSAE, S:PACE, THON

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: James G. Davis Construction

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I chose to come to Penn State because I fell in love with the campus and the alumni network. I love meeting Penn Staters all over the country; they are always friendly and provide great professional connections. Penn State is also consistently top ranked for my major, Architectural Engineering.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory as en engineering student was probably the summer I studied abroad. As one who loves to travel, the ability to study abroad while still studying engineering was really important to me; and Penn State's College of Engineering provides plenty of opportunities to go abroad! I studied for seven weeks in Rome, Italy and it correlated with my studies at Penn State as an Architectural Engineering student. I had a blast experiencing the Italian culture and seeing the architecture I learned about in class. I recommend everyone to study abroad if they can, it's an experience you will never forget!

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Never be afraid to ask questions, whether its in your classes or at an internship. People are always willing to teach, and asking questions and seeking help is the best way to learn!

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation, I plan to work for a general contractor on the project management side of things. I cannot wait to put my engineering skills to use and help coordinate the construction of buildings!

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? I would say my best experience outside of engineering has probably been my involvement in THON. You meet so many awesome people committed to a great cause. THON allows you to connect on a personal level with the recipients of our fundraising efforts. My sophomore year, I served as the Family Relations Chair for my THON Organization; I had the wonderful opportunity to get to know our paired families and help organize fun events to do with our members and families.