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Katie Yannarell

Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Center Valley, PA

High School: Allentown Central Catholic High School

Extracurricular Activities: Women in Engineering Program Orientation, The GREEN Program, Schreyer Honors College Student Council

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I toured a lot of campuses when trying to choose a school, and they all seemed nice. But it was not until I came to the Penn State Society of Women Engineers Stayover as a prospective student that I felt like a campus could become my home. I felt so comfortable at Penn State and was amazed by how much support they provide their engineers. Between the career services, service opportunities, general atmosphere that Penn State had to offer, I knew I had to come here.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? I served as a host for the Society of Women Engineers Stayover for two years and had the chance to share everything I love about Penn State with the visiting students, just as Penn State engineers had done for me when I visited in high school. It was amazing to watch their faces light up as I talked about all the cool things Penn State engineers get to do with their degrees. The most rewarding part was when I saw one of my Stayover participants walking around campus the next school year. She said she had chosen Penn State because of her Stayover experience and was excited to become an engineer.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Definitely try out different methods of studying whether it be in groups or finding various quiet places on campus. The earlier you figure out how you work most efficiently, the better. Also, remember to find ways to relax from stress because it is important to stay healthy.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I would like to work in a field where I can combine the engineering fundamentals I have learned with medicine. I am very passionate about vaccine research and ensuring that all people around the globe have access to healthcare. I would also potentially like to attend medical school with the hopes of working in pediatrics.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience would have to be either storming the field in Beaver Stadium after Penn State beat Ohio State during our White Out or dancing for 46 hours during THON 2017. Both of these events capture perfectly the camaraderie at Penn State. Dancing in THON 2017 was one of the biggest honors of my life and full of memories with friends and family that I will cherish forever. The strength of all the Four Diamonds families is inspiring. I am grateful to them for sharing their stories and love.