Hunting for Internships

I have been very determined that past few months trying to secure myself an internship for this upcoming summer and I finally have something to show for my efforts. After sending out quite a few applications to companies in various industries I finally got some interviews secured. Applying for internships through the LUCIE website is much better than going through a specific company’s website. Both of the interviews I have came from a listing on the LUCIE site. I will be interviewing on campus next Monday morning for Voith Hydro Power. That same afternoon I have a phone interview with DuPont. I’m excited and very interested in both and I think that I really couldn’t go wrong with either one if I am accepted. Voith is a German mechanical engineering company and their facility in York, PA designs, tests, and manufactures turbines for hydroelectric plants…..very cool. DuPont, the world famous chemical company, is looking for an intern for the mechanical systems division at their Wilmington, DE headquarters. I’m very nervous for both since I’ve never interviewed for anything like this before but I’m just hoping for the best. Hopefully, I can give an update with good news in the coming weeks.

Job Searching

In a recent conversation with a graduate from Franklin and Marshall she asked what I was up to, and I told her I was trying to manage school and applying to jobs. I was surprised by her response that she didn’t look for a job until post graduation. Lehigh’s culture is to start searching for a job the minute you arrive on campus. It is comforting that Lehigh grads always seem to find jobs. The career fair was back in September and many people already have offers for next year.

After saying that I was looking for a job, my friend inquired what kind of job I was looking for. Which is a question that I do not have a concrete answer to. I know I want to utilize my engineering degree but beyond that I am not currently following a passion. This friend suggest to me— a way to find start up businesses looking for employees. Lehigh’s job board LUCIE is definitely powerful but it is centered on Pennsylvania and New York based jobs. I feel like I have a lot more flexibility in where I want to be after college.

I think that I have said this before, but it’s worth reiterating your best resources are the people who are going through the same processes you are or who have recently done the same thing.

Senior Projects


Being a senior I’m involved in a lot of group projects. Integrated product development is what is taking most of my attention now. Today, I went with a group member to Smooth On. For the project we need to cast a 3d printed object. I had called a technician earlier in the week and they had suggested making a trip to the store front for hands on help.

It was well worth it. We were stepped through where to best make the pour spots and where to put seam lines. Our next step is actually setting up the molds, which I will upload pictures.

The technician was really helpful and got us set up with the materials we will need. We bought two starter tests of rubber to create the molds and two starter sets plastic to create the mold. As well we were set up with dye to color the plastic that is molded.

Semester Scheduling

So registration for next semester is coming up soon and I think next semester is going to be my worst scheduled semester.  It’s not because I’ll have so many gaps or that the professors teaching are bad.  It’s just that I can’t fit classes that I want to take and the courses I have to take I heard are really a pain, such as Integrated Product Development and Mechanical Elements.  These classes are always taken Junior year, but I always like to do things differently and change my schedule up so that it can be different. Why? Simple- because I can and I like to exploit my opportunities by finding classes I really want to take and taking them, instead.

So here’s my situation, I wanted to take this 300 level class called Gas Dynamics next semester because one of my favorite professors, Professor Oztekin, is going to be teaching it and I currently have him for Fluid Mechanics right now.  Now Fluids is a pretty tough class, don’t get me wrong, but Professor Oztekin makes it seem SO simple when he’s teaching it and that’s an ability I rarely see out of professors.  So that’s why I want to take that class, but its conflicting with a recitation for Systems, a class we HAVE to take!  Now most people will tell you to take it when you’re supposed to take it, but me always deviating from the schedule, I feel like skipping it and taking it in the fall.  I’m not 100% set on this, but that’s what my mind is telling me to do.  So hopefully I can figure something out because there are some other conflicting classes that go along with my schedule as well.

Greek Organizations and You!

While attending Lehigh, there are a few things that are easily noticed. One would be the professionalism amongst the students on the campus.  As Engineers we are constantly seeking to better ourselves. We endeavor to develop both professionally and as a person.  Another is the large influence of the Greek Life community. There are groups at Lehigh that are based around both of these of aspects, Professional Greek organizations.  Lehigh has multiple professional fraternities based from aspects such as community service, chemistry, and honors and GPA. Two that I would like to highlight are the Engineering Fraternity and Sorority here at Lehigh.

Sigma Phi Delta (ΣΦΔ) is an international professional fraternity of engineers.  Sigma Phi Delta, or SPD for short, is “The Premier International Fraternity of Engineers.”  It was founded on April 11, 1924 at the University of Southern California. Nationally, Sigma Phi Delta is both a social and professional fraternity. Members of Sigma Phi Delta maintain high standards of academic excellence and also encourage brotherhood through social events. Sigma Phi Delta is professional in the fact that membership into the fraternity is only admitted to those enrolled in a program or curriculum with will lead to a degree in Engineering. They are also social because members “maintain and live in Chapter houses; have a social program; participate in athletic programs; and foster a close relationship with our graduated, or alumni, members”


For the women Engineers of Lehigh University, Sigma Phi Delta shares close relations with its sister sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon (ΑΩΕ).  Alpha Omega Epsilon was founded on November 13, 1983 and on March 22, 1984, the Associated Students of Marquette University voted on and approved the constitution, and thus Alpha Omega Epsilon became a recognized student organization. Alpha Omega Epsilon also shares Professional/Social Greek Organization method; hosting formals, participating in philanthropic events, participating in Engineering Open House events, and actively participating in other engineering organizations.


Jared Mauldin: Letter to the Editor


Jared Mauldin recently wrote a letter to the editor for his school paper. It garnered national attention and helped spot light women in engineering, which is awesome! However, the language in this letter threw me off. I have a lot of questions about his article. Was it his intention to say that this is a problem specifically at his school, or a problem within engineering in general, or was this article directed at society?

Without knowing Mauldin wrote an article about privilege. Being a white middle class male, I’m not surprised that he missed that he wasn’t commenting on the inequalities in the classroom but something much more profound— as a white middle class male Mauldin does not face social adversity. This blog is obviously about engineering and I thought it was appropriate to comment or really counter comment on his views of females in engineering.

I, as a female engineer, have not experienced this inequality in the classroom at Lehigh. I genuinely think that professors at Lehigh University have seen me for my academic performance, not for being a girl. I find it frustrating that this article has gotten so much attention as a male writing a sympathy piece to female engineers. Instead of highlighting the incredible advancements female engineers have added to community he wrote an article offering his sympathy and in the end implying I may some day be the “diversity hire.”

I would like to point out that women in engineering do not need anyone apologizing to them for an unfair playing field. Actions speak much louder than words, if he had seen inequality in class room he should have taken the time to listen to the women with the right answers being discredited. He is perpetuating this “boys club” mentality.

I poked around Mauldin’s facebook page and found responses to interview questions he had been asked.

4. What do you think is the bigger impact of discouraging women from pursuing STEM fields?
I hate “teamwork”, but love collaborations. Often I have found in teams that a few driving members will carry a team along. With individual collaboration though, everyone contributes, everyone tries to put out their best ideas and in the end a project can have the best solutions possible.

What happens when we start pushing some of these thinkers to the side? When they opt for other paths not because this isn’t a calling, but because they see the challenges as outweighing the rewards? I want companies to have access the best thinkers and the best ideas available and if we push certain people out of this field for reasons that have nothing to do with ability, we can’t have that result. Instead we have people who are doing work they find less satisfying, and companies who don’t have access to some amazing talent.

He writes as though all females have been marginalized, which is not the case. What may have been a well intentioned apology ended up implying that society thinks that I am too masculine for pursuing a field that I am interested in. Jake Mauldin we are in fact equals, we are both senior mechanical engineers about to enter the work force after coming out of an academically rigorous major. Thank you for acknowledging that female engineers are unique in ignoring societal norms to get where they are, but they are your equals.

Integrated Product Development

IPD is essentially my capstone project. It is detailed on Lehigh’s website in the following way

IPD is a set of courses that allows students from any college at Lehigh to work with students from other disciplines on a real-world industry-sponsored project. Each project team has an advisor and, together with an industry mentor, follows a proven process. The process begins with identifying a problem and from there formulates it into a business opportunity. The process encourages innovative ideas to generate creative solutions. The program provides the resources to fabricate, build and test the best solution for technical, social, economic and personal relevance and value. Undergraduates can spend two or three semesters on this project.

What my team is specifically doing can’t be shared on the internet, because our sponsor plans to go to market with her product. There is potentially intellectual property in what we my team has done. The process started spring of last year with a fair of sponsors pitching their products. Our sponsor is Lauren Villaverde who was in Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship program last year. She is fortunately still on campus and we are able to keep close contact with her. The first semester of this project included Supply Chain Business majors, but the second semester is more technical and we are down to a team of four Mechanical Engineers.

Our project has turned heavily into developing a manufacturing process, which is something I am interested in pursuing after school. My project has not been as technically challenging as other projects, but I think our team is satisfied with our progress.