CDP Class of 1981 – 1983
Penn State University
B. S. Mechanical Engineering
This is me, back in the mid-1980s, conducting a Liquid Nitrogen demonstration. The LIN Ambassador Demonstration Program has been brining the “magic” of science and engineering to the community for over 30 years. It allowed me to hone my public speaking skills in a fun and non-threatening way. It was a great experience.
My first two assignments involved the design, analysis, and specification of mechanical equipment such as pressure vessels, heat exchangers, machinery, and valves. For my third assignment, I took a rotation selling spare parts for process equipment.
Sales wasn’t an area I would have ordinarily targeted, but the job did help me to refine my communication skills and gave me customer and business area exposure. Adding these skills to my organization and engineering skills differentiated me from many of my peers.
Soon after, I was offered an opportunity in Project Engineering. First out of school, I would have jumped at this opportunity. By then, though, I knew enough about myself and the company to know project work wouldn’t provide me with enough of a technical focus. And so I spent my career working in various technical areas in Design Engineering. Today, the skills I developed and sharpened as a CDP are being put to use as an engineering group manager.
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