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Parth Patel

Aerospace Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Bensalem, PA

High School: Bensalem High School

Extracurricular Activities: Sailplane, Greek Life, EON, THON

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Prat & Whitney

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Penn State possessed a wide range of opportunities in both career paths and extracurricular activities. The school's Aerospace Engineering program was rated very high and offered many chances to get hands on experience. Additionally being able to participate in student events like THON just offer an amazing experience that other schools could not ever get close to matching.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory so far has to be when the aerospace professional organization hosted a trip to the U.S Air Force Museum in Ohio. It was a great trip to see so many modern and historic aircraft/spacecraft in person and also was a great time since almost all of my close friends also went on the trip.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? My advice would be to find your own study place or location. Penn State is a huge campus and being able to find a place where you can go and study is a major benefit. It helps develop good study habits which come in useful as you get into your major classes. You can relax in your room and get work done away from the dorms.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to go into industry and work on airplanes. Additionally, I am going to make sure that I get to travel around the world also.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of engineering would have to be THON. Being apart of Greek Life I was able to get more deeply involved and the memories I have created from standing for 46 hours with my THON child and friends will always be cherished.