What is it like being part of the first engineering class at ECU?
It really blew my mind when ECU got an engineering program. I am ecstatic that my class is helping set the bar for future engineering students. There aren't a lot of females in the program, and I love going out and talking to students and helping them figure out what they want to do with their lives. The engineering program is awesome. The classes are small and I have a lot of interaction with my professors. I know them, and they know me. Their doors are always open, and they are all very experienced and very, very knowledgeable. I absolutely love it here.
Why should a young engineering student come to ECU?
The big thing about ECU engineering is that it's a small class, and because of that we get a lot of hands-on experience. When I started out, we only had one concentration in systems engineering, but now we also have concentrations in bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering, and engineering management, with many more planned. My degree in systems engineering will allow me to work in many engineering fields, from general, to industrial, to electrical engineering. But I am most interested in a career in engineering consulting, and my capstone project is helping prepare me for that. All seniors are required to do a capstone project where we work with local businesses to solve real engineering problems. My group is working with Orthopedics East to find a way to make orthopedics injections less painful and more effective. It is a really exciting project and a great experience.
What is something you wish everyone knew about ECU?
ECU is everything you could possibly want and more. Not only do your professors care about you succeeding, but the small class sizes give you the opportunity to really get to know them. Outside of class there are all kinds of things to do and interesting people to meet. ECU is not only a university, but it's also like my family where there is support and advice from everyone.