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Ritwik Biswas

Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2020

Hometown: King of Prussia, PA

High School: Conestoga High School

Extracurricular Activities: R&R THON committee, Infusion, EcoCar Team

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Mechanical/Systems Engineering Intern at Volvo Group Trucks (Summer 2018)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I chose Penn State because I knew it's College of Engineering was very well established and had a fantastic reputation. I also knew I wanted to go to a big school and meet all sorts of people with different backgrounds, not just engineers. When I visited the campus during high school, I couldn't believe how beautiful everything was and the size of the campus completely blew me away.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My best memory so far has been when my group completed our final Engineering Design project. Our professor has asked us to build a stage prop phone from scratch that would light up an actor's face from a remote transmitter off the stage. After weeks of research, design, prototyping, and building, the LED lights of the phone finally lit up at 1AM in one of the E-design rooms in Hammond. I was ecstatic to see that our hard work had finally paid off!

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? The best advice I have is to quickly realize the most challenging aspect of studying engineering at Penn State. It's not the classes, maintaining the GPA, or even getting involved in clubs. It's actually learning how to manage your time efficiently and effectively. Once you can do this, everything else will fall into its place by itself.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I would love to work for either the automotive or aerospace industry as a Mechanical Engineer. I may also attend graduate school and get my masters degree either upon graduation or after working in the industry for a few years.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? My best experience outside of engineering has been getting involved with Infusion. It's a club where spend an entire schoo year organize a huge dance competition that occurs every March. Schools from across the country come to Penn State during Infusion weekend and compete in a South Asian fusion dance competition. It's really nice to take a few hours of your day to get away from engineering and try something else that's completely different!