Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Cheswick, Pennsylvania
On choosing Behrend: I wanted to go somewhere away from my hometown, but close enough to go home on weekends. Behrend’s Electrical Engineering program also has a great reputation.
On choosing her major: I chose Electrical Engineering because it was the engineering discipline that I knew the least about, but was interested in.
Campus involvement: I am involved in Behrend Engineering Ambassadors, Society of Women Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and the Behrend STEM Mentoring Program.
What you would be surprised to know about her: I love to be outdoors! I like to hunt, fish, kayak, hike, and just explore.
Her definition of the good life: One in which you feel accomplished and keep learning. Most importantly, live your life on your terms – put yourself and your goals first and do what makes you happy.
Top priority: Learning as much as I can! As I start my first full time job, I am looking forward to combining my internship experiences with everything I have learned in school and applying it to my position. Continuing to learn is important to me and it gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Advice for first-year students: You can still be successful if you struggle at the beginning. Don’t give up. Your GPA does not define you. Also, try to get industry experience through internships or co-ops as soon as possible.
Katrina will begin working as a Product Development Electrical Engineer at Xylem Inc. in Seneca Falls, New York.