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Julianne Heinzmann

Computer Science
Class of 2019

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

High School: Central Bucks High School East

Extracurricular Activities: Association of Women in Computing (AWC), HackPSU Director, EA, Apollo THON Organization, Women in Engineering Program

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Rockwell Automation (Summer 2017) in Mayfield Heights, Ohio: Embedded Software Intern, Comcast (Summer 2018) in Denver, Colorado: Position TBD

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Coming to Penn State was never a thought in my mind until I walked to classes on my first day. However, I could not be happier that I am here now! Penn State has allowed me to grow and develop into the person I am today, and for that I am forever grateful.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory at Penn State was the first couple of weeks of my Sophomore semester. I was enrolled in both Physics 212 and Math 141, which were two classes that are notorious for being hard. I spent countless weekends writing practice problems on chalkboards before my exams, and ended up getting a 100% on both of them. They were my first one-hundreds on an exam in college, and the moment where I truly became confident in my ability to become an engineer.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Don't come in with a set idea of what major you want to be, or if you do, try to be flexible with it! I was originally a Biomedical Engineering major, but after my first Chem class, I decided that it wasn't for me. Use your resources at Penn State (and there are TONS) to learn as much as possible about what your options are, so that you can make the best choice for you. I am so grateful that I switched to Computer Science, and Penn State's advising is what allowed me to do it.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to travel for a couple of months before starting full time! My hope is that I will be able to go to a company and start in their leadership development program.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of Engineering at Penn State has definitely been the relationships that I have developed with the people around me. From going ice skating at Pegula, to football games, tailgates, volleyball games, and just getting food with them, I have a ton of wonderful memories that I will cherish forever.