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EAN alumni have been making an impact across the globe since graduation.

Oudumbar Rajput

University: Michigan Tech (PhD’22)
Hometown: Pune, India
Current location: Indianapolis, IN
Employer and position: Cummins Inc., Technical Specialist

Describe your favorite EAN memory:

I visited a fourth grade classroom during my second year as an EA. The challenge was to present the complex fluid dynamics of a wind turbine to explain how to harness wind energy to the audience. The activity following my presentation involved making a “wind turbine model” using cardboard and plastic bottles. My partner and I were happy to see that the students not only had understood the first principles of wind energy but also had used these to construct a model.

Carolyn Chlebek

University: RPI (BS, 2016)
Hometown: Foxborough, MA
Current location: Portland ME
Employer and position: MaineHealth Institute for Research, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

How has EAN and being an EA benefited you?

Engineers Ambassadors helped me become an effective presenter while I was an undergraduate student, and I have been able to carry those skills with me through graduate school and my current position.

Danielle Passaglia

University: Nebraska (MS, 2017)
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Current location: Chicago, IL
Employer and position: Arup, Mechanical Engineer

Describe your job and any interesting aspects:

I am a mechanical engineer working on the mechanical design of commercial, S&T, and higher education buildings. I work on buildings in various stages of the design process, working with architects, contractors, and clients. My job consistently varies and the most rewarding aspect is being able to see the projects I worked on firsthand. Check out the Chicago Starbucks Roastery if you’re ever in Chicago!

How has EAN and being an EA benefited you?

My passion for youth outreach in STEM has not waivered. EAN helped encourage that passion and I have continued to be a mentor and supporter in my career as well. EAN has provided me resources and tools to explain STEM to kids which I utilize in ASHRAE as the Student Activities Chair, and as an ACE mentor at work. I also applied these tools and knowledge to write a children’s book about the building industry. Check out “Lucy’s Engineering Adventure” on the ASHRAE website or Amazon. It is one of my proudest achievements, and EAN truly helped inspire and motivate me to follow through with it until the end!

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Bobbett named 24-25 Tau Beta Pi Class Fellow

July 9, 2024
The Fellowship Board of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, announces the selection of 31 engineering students from 417 applicants for graduate fellowships in…
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October 25, 2023
EAN Alumna Aurora White has been selected by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) as the 2023 Most Promising Engineer. White earned her…
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Danielle Passaglia featured in 20 to Watch Women in HVAC

March 17, 2023
Danielle Passaglia was featured in the 2023 20 to Watch Woman in HVAC from Engineered Systems magazine.
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She Builds Robots Featured in Maker Magazine

March 13, 2023 started as an independent study at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, inspired by Christina Ernst's experiences at HackIllinois and as a computer engineer. In addition to free…

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