Tuesday, February 24, 2015

History Maker of Tomorrow: Danielle Render

Posted on February 24, 2015 By: Heather

Danielle Render is an Ohio native majoring in Construction Engineering and Management with minors in Engineering Leadership, Organizational Leadership, and Supervision. She first became interested in engineering in high school when she took a course called Engineering and Design. Her high school Physical Science teacher was a Purdue Grad and inspired her to attend Purdue. Danielle is currently the second Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and an ambassador for the College of Engineering. She has been an intern for Turner Construction Company, M.A. Mortenson Construction, and has previously been a student manager for the Purdue University Women’s Basketball team. After graduating she plans to obtain a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management and an MBA. Her ultimate goal is to be an executive manager for a company and make a difference in people lives. Danielle mantra is: “Even if you only touch one life, you’ve changed the world forever.” This summer she will be working on the new Atlanta Braves Stadium as an intern for Mortenson Construction.

Monday, February 23, 2015

National Engineers Week

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Emma Mann

This week (February 22-28th) is almost every engineer’s favorite week of the year: Engineers Week!
Engineers Week (EWeek) was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) to increase the understanding of and promote interest in engineering.  Some highlights of EWeek include Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Discover Engineering Family Day.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is a favorite of ours here in the WIEP.  Purdue is hosting IGED this year on February 28th.  This free, all-day event is targeted at high school freshman and sophomores who are interested in learning more about engineering.  IGED will allow students to learn more about the different engineering disciplines, interact with current engineering students, and learn about life as a Purdue engineering student.  In addition to the programs for high schoolers, Imagination, Innovation, Discovery & Design (I2D2) through WIEP is hosting an open house for K-8 students with fun, hands-on engineering activities.

Purdue celebrates EWeek, but this year the National EWeek and Purdue’s EWeek are different weeks.  Purdue’s EWeek will be hosted in April this year (look out for a post about Purdue’s EWeek in the future).

Click here for more information about National EWeek.

Friday, February 13, 2015

History Maker of Today: Cassandra Alston Posted by: Heather

As we all know, February is Black History Month. Over the course of the month we will spotlight 3 present and future makers/great individuals who have helped, progressed, and are continuing to embody the great legacy of African Americans. Today's feature is a Purdue Alum, Cassandra Alston who received her BSME in 1988.

Cassandra Alston is a native of New Jersey and currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she is employed as the Executive Director, Global Workforce Diversity, Johnson Controls Incorporated. Alston received her bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1988, where she was also captain of the women’s basketball team.

In her role as the executive director for global workforce diversity, she develops and manages diversity initiatives across all business units for the Johnson Controls. Her work is focused on initiatives in diversity recruiting, retention, and engagement as well as the development of sustainable infrastructure and processes.

Previous to this role, Alston was vice president of operations for the Johnsons Controls Facility Management business unit where she managed the technical and operational team supporting all facility management accounts in the United States and Latin America. These support services included technical expertise, transition management, supply chain, safety, and call center operations.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Alston acquired a strong operations foundation in her roles as a consultant with Booz Allen and Hamilton in Chicago, senior operations director at Enron Energy Services, and as a plant engineer/analyst for Exxon Mobil in Houston.

She also holds an MBA from Northwestern University, where she was an Austin Scholar. Alston was featured in Ebony Magazine’s 50th Anniversary issue article “50 Leader’s of Tomorrow.” She also serves on the board of STEM Forward in Milwaukee and is a guest lecturer at Marquette University.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Going to the Expo Career Fair

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Ashley
Purdue has a great reputation when it comes to its career fairs.  Two really big ones for engineers are Industrial Roundtable (IR) in the fall and Expo Career Fair in the spring.  Last Tuesday, I went to the Expo Career Fair.
Compared to IR, Expo is a bit smaller; for example, IR is two days long, whereas Expo is only one day.  In addition, fewer companies come to Expo to IR, but that is totally ok.  Personally, I liked the smaller setting because it was less stressful.  From my own experience I feel like there’s a lot more pressure on IR than Expo, so Expo was a way less stressful and nerve racking experience for me. 
To prep for Expo, I spent the weekend before it fine tuning my resume and researching companies that I wanted to speak to.  I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of companies looking for Environmental and Ecological Engineers, because since we are so small and new, we usually don’t have as many companies as bigger majors.  I had wanted to go to a couple of the company seminars on Monday, but wasn’t able to because I had class. 
On the day of Expo, I got up early so I could go to it in the morning.  It started at 9 am, and I was able to go to all the companies I wanted to before my 11:30 class.  Walking around, I noticed lots of companies for Aero/Astro engineers, mechanical engineers, and industrial engineers.  I really liked that it was indoors; it was nice to not have to worry about weather when planning my outfit.  I ended up going to 4 companies, and while I haven’t heard back from any companies yet, I thought that I got a lot more experience in talking to company recruiters and now feel a lot more confident about going to career fairs in the future. 
I definitely recommend going to Expo, and will most likely end up going again next year.  Even if you don’t get an internship out of it, it’s a really great opportunity to practice your networking skills and see some companies that you might not have seen at IR.  All in all, I had a positive time at Expo and am definitely glad I went. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Why did you choose Purdue?"

Posted on February 5, 2015 by LilyAnn Peterson Gapinski 

As current students, one question we get asked very often is “why did you choose Purdue?” We decided to ask our volunteers this question, and here are some of the answers we received: 

“I liked the flexibility of the First-Year Engineering program at Purdue. I started here with a basic idea of engineering, and was able to explore many different parts and see which discipline best matched my career goals.” 
- Emily, Chemical Engineering 

“I chose to come to Purdue because of the great engineering programs, but also because it is 5 ½ hours from my home. I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and go somewhere where I knew literally no one, and I am so glad I did! Purdue is such a welcoming place and the people really care about individual students. There are numerous ways to get involved and so much support, especially from the Women in Engineering Program. Even though I came here not knowing anyone, I have never once felt alone. Coming to Purdue was one of the best decisions of my life.”
 - Olivia, First-Year Engineering 

“I chose Purdue because I felt welcome here. From the first time I stepped on campus, I felt like I was wanted here as much as I wanted to be here.” 
- Marie, Industrial Engineering

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WE Link Callout

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Catherine Courchaine 

This week, the WE Link team held the Spring 2015 Volunteer Callout. A callout is a meeting where students can interact and learn about how to get involved in an organization on campus. Almost every club and student organization at Purdue holds callouts and they’re a great way to meet people and learn about the opportunities that Purdue has to offer! The WE Link callout began with dinner catered by Moe’s Southwest Grill, which was followed by a presentation outlining how to volunteer for WE Link. After the presentation, we asked volunteers to participate in an “idea web,” by illustrating everything they love about Purdue. Here’s what our awesome volunteers came up with:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Techniques to Choose Your Major - Guest Blogger Meagan

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Beata Strubel 

Choosing a major is a difficult decision. Continuing our series on major choice and career advice, CCO Ambassador Meagan shares her advice about exploring your strengths and finding an internship.

Meet the Expert

Meagan is a senior in Industrial Engineering. She has three internship experiences and will be working at GE Healthcare after graduation. At Purdue, she works as a CCO Ambassador and led the CCO Greek outreach campaign. She shared her career-related insight with WE Link to help you with your major choice and career development.
How did you choose your major within engineering?
Before coming to Purdue, I had a general idea of what major I wanted within engineering. I learned about my major by researching it online (especially through Purdue's course pages - ie Google search "Purdue ____ Engineering") as well as talking to my older sister who is a Purdue Industrial Engineering graduate.
During the introductory engineering class first semester (ENGR131) I learned about all of the engineering majors and this confirmed that I wanted to do IE. In some sense, I used a process of elimination to decide as well, which I recommend. For example, I am not that passionate about chemistry, so I eliminated Chemical Engineering. Overall, I chose IE because I feel like it fits my future career goals with wanting to interact and lead people in a technical sense (more than management).
I also looked at what my strengths are and what I am naturally good at. For example, I have the urge to do everything the most efficient way in every day life which also coincides with IE. I would advise current high school students to do one or more techniques that I did. If they are struggling with determining their strengths and natural instincts, talk to family and close friends.
How did you find your internship?
I found my three internships (one with General Cable, two with GE Healthcare) through networking and the