This Pirate aims to design products that
make a difference in the lives of others.
Photography by: Cliff Hollis
Written by: Summer Tillman
College: College of Engineering and Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Burgaw, NC
Clubs & Organizations: AIAA, ISPE
Hobbies & Interests: Product development, renewable energy research, working on my ‘85 Fiero, woodworking, trying to play guitar
Place on Campus: Clark-LeClair Stadium
Place to Eat: EC Pho
Class: Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Robotics and Unmanned Systems
Website: Kickstarter.com; Gizmodo.com
Musicians/bands: Alan Jackson, Eric Clapton, Kygo
Movie: The Original Star Wars Trilogy
Most Influential Professor: Dr. John Reis. His enthusiasm toward engineering and willingness to approach problems with an open perspective has truly supported my passion to become an engineer.
You Can't Live Without: Coffee and Oreos
Role Model: Seneca, Elon Musk, Richard Branson
Words to Live By: "Life, if well lived, is long enough" – Seneca
Advice for fellow students: Listen and take in everything you experience. Remember that every person you meet has a viewpoint that is just as strong as your own; they have a reason for it, so be optimistic and figure it out.
Something cool about ECU you wish you knew during your first year: East Carolina has some of the most supportive faculty and staff that I have been around. If you ever have a question, ask a professor. They're here to support you.
Dream job: Working in an environment where I know that I am making a positive difference in the lives of others.
"With a little bit of perseverance, you'll find the perfect balance between enjoying yourself and understanding your responsibilities. As long, boring or uninteresting a class may seem, take in the information that it provides (because) it will be very relevant to your future. Have a proactive mindset, try to relate with what you learn, and have fun."
– Robert Rankin