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Quynh Trinh

Electrical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Souderton, PA

High School: Souderton Area High School

Extracurricular Activities: National Organization of Business and Engineering, Association of Women in Computing, WEP FSG Facilitator

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? After graduating high school, I didn’t know if I wanted to pursue business or engineering or both and since Penn State offers phenomenal programs in both of my areas of interest, I immediately knew that Penn State is where I wanted to be. But more importantly, there are so many opportunities in every field of study for you to grow personally and professionally and flourish beyond your wildest dreams. What’s really neat is wherever you go in the world to cash in these opportunities, you will always feel at home because there’s always at least one other person on the airplane or subway system that is a Penn Stater.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? Every opportunity at Penn State has all been clustered into my “best memory” box, so it’s really difficult to name just one. For example, I was able to study abroad in Singapore for a few weeks and walked away with new Singaporean friends as well as knowledge in how to design a new product from start to finish. I also get extremely excited when I finally have the eureka moment of understanding a concept taught in lecture to real applications, such as how to build a speaker. These are just a couple out of thousands of memories that I’ve cherished during my time here at Penn State.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Explore, keep an open mind, build connections with the person sitting next to you in lecture or through an organization, and make sure to have fun. Your first year is all about finding your home away from home at Penn State, so make the most of it while you are here. You never know! Your best friend may be the girl that lives down the hallway. That’s what happened to me!

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to work in the industry for a few years to get some technical experience, then slowly move up the corporate ladder and get an MBA. I’ve always wanted to merge the field of business and engineering together, so eventually, I would like to move into the product management side of engineering.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? Make a music video every semester! Every semester since my sophomore year, I get together with my friends, we pick a song, we dress up, and we create a music video together. So far, we’ve made a music video for Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.” I know I’ve chosen the right school because where else would I get the opportunity to make my own music video with all my friends?? And P.S., if you have any suggestions for my next music video, please give me a holler!