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David Masteller

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Erie, PA

High School: McDowell High School

Extracurricular Activities: Engineering Ambassadors, The National Society of Leadership and Success

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Volvo Construction Equipment (Fall 2016, Summer 2017); John Deere (Summer 2018)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I was originally interested in Penn State because of my family, I am third generation Penn State and the 11th person in my family to work for or attend Penn State, including both siblings and both parents. I was between a few top-rated engineering schools, but I decided that the atmosphere, location, and size at Penn State were all perfect for me and have allowed me to thrive.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory is studying for finals (weird, right?) at the end of my second year. I had 5 or 6 finals, and the enormous lack of sleep combined with the 10+ extra-caffeinated energy drinks, loud 90's music, and great friends made for amazing laughs in Hammond.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? You are smart, otherwise you wouldn't be here. You can handle the classes, the work load, the stress, everything. You probably have no idea as to how little you know, but that's the whole point. You're here to learn. You are already smart, you just have to take it to the next level, go to office hours, ask questions (because seriously, there are no dumb questions and you aren't the only one who has that question), find good study buddies, and find yourself. You have the foundations, and you are good enough.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to go into industry right away and work on designing heavy machinery. I would like to get my P.E., and eventually get my Master's (and have it paid for by the company I work for).

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of engineering is all of the sports and activities to do with friends.