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Lauryn Blum

Industrial Engineering
Class of 2019

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

High School: South Fayette High School

Extracurricular Activities: Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority, Women in Engineering Program, Engineering Mentorship for Intership Excellence (EMIX), VolĂ©: The Penn State Ballet Club, Sophomore Women Ambassador Team (SWAT) Envoy

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Rockwell Automation (Summer 2017), GE Transportation (Spring and Summer 2018)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I chose to come to Penn State because of its amazing reputation as an engineering school. The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) was also a major selling point for me that I didn't find anywhere else. Engineering is a predominatly male field, so to have a built in network of female engineers was priceless. When picking a college, the social aspects also played a huge role becauseI wanted a well-rounded college experience. I have always loved football, so when it came to picking Penn State, that choice was easy. The warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I meet another Penn Stater is unlike anything else, and WE ARE an amazing family to be a part of.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory as an engineering student was joining Engineering Ambassadors. It gave me confidence in my abilities as an engineer, and I also finally felt like I had a group of people similair to me. In college, everyone is so different, so it was amazing to be choosen for such an incredible group.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? I would say to not let your grades define how you view yourself. It's so easy to get caught up in the "numbers" as an engineer, but make sure to take time for yourself. Join clubs, try something new, meet new people! In 5 years, that grade you got on an exam won't be what matters, but the memories and friends you made along the way will.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to work in a large company doing supply chain (hopefully somewhere warm)!

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience at Penn State was DEFINITELY doing Nittanyville for the Michigan game this past year with Courtney Burkin. I never would have done it without her, but we got to meet Mike Gesicki and the lion! We also got to be first row for the amazing victory (and get on tv!)