New Adventure: Aerodynamics engineer at the Boeing Company in St. Louis
Previous co-op, internship, or research experience?
I completed three co-ops at Sikorsky and an internship at Boeing last summer. The first one, in Connecticut, was doing rotorcraft design for Sikorsky, which was great. I learned a lot. The next two were in West Palm Beach, Florida, where I got to do flight testing. I loved that: if there was something wrong with your plane, you got to go down to the hangar and fix it. Then you get to see it fly. And that's why I got into aerospace - to see if fly.
Most looking forward to...
At Boeing I know that I'm going to be challenged and I like that. I think the projects I'll be working on will push the technology envelope beyond where I've been before, and that's exciting. Also, the company is so large that it seems like I might be able to work abroad at some point. It's nothing immediate and there are no guarantees, but it's possible. I have to figure out how to make it happen.
How did your educational experience at GT-AE help?
Georgia Tech helps by attracting such important industry leaders to campus. The Career Services help you learn by exposing you to the field. I didn't really know Sikorsky until I went for an interview with them. And I learned so much from my time at Sikorsky.
I would advise anyone to intern or co-op. It's such a complement to your educational experience. Really invaluable. On your internships you see how the theories all play out and you're learning what kind of impact aerospace engineering has on the world.