RRD Graduates

The Office of Recruitment, Retention and Diversity would like to acknowledge our graduating seniors. It was a pleasure working with you and we wish you all the best.

Boiler up!

-Toni, Ryne, Cyndi, Cathy and Guillermo

 

Graduate

Jacob Bartholome

Professional Flight Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Polytechnic Ambassador

Duration of involvement: 5 Semesters

Plans after graduation: Moving to Miami, FL for work

Favorite memory or impactful experience: Beating Ohio State in football my freshman year and celebrating on the field with the entire student section

Favorite quote: “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.” -Jordan Belfort

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Dipanshi Batra

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Polytechnic Student Council: Associated through initiatives and through faculty: Cyndi Lynch // Purdue Student Government

Duration of involvement: Multiple times throughout college career. Volunteering for the office plus for 1 year through Polytechnic Student Council.

Plans after graduation: Still job searching!

Favorite memory or impactful experience: As the Vice President for Polytechnic Student Council in the very first year of the organization, it was a great experience to create a safe space of discourse for Polytechnic students.

Favorite quote: Believe in today.

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Heather Battinich

Robotics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: WIT student org, WIT LC and TECH101 course, WiTty Sisters

Duration of involvement: 4 years

Plans after graduation: CAP Program with Subaru in Lafayette

Favorite memory or impactful experience: Getting to be a mentor and do weekend trips with the group was always really rewarding. Another one would be getting to take the day trip to John Deere Facilities and HQ. That was very relevant to my interests and was a great opportunity.

Favorite quote: “You’re born and then you die, but in between, you can do anything you want.” – Zola Jesus

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Emilie Favela-Cardiel

Industrial Engineering Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Women In Technology & WiTTY Sisters

Duration of involvement: 2 years for WIT & 1 year for WiTTY sisters

Plans after graduation: Operational Manager at Target Distribution Center

Favorite memory or impactful experience: My favorite memory is participating in the WIT events & being able to socialize and have fun with other girls in Polytechnic.

Favorite quote: Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together.

Graduate

Erin Cook

Double Major in Animation and Game Development and Design, minor in Communication

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: WIT, Polytech Ambassadors, DoIt, WowIt, VISION

Duration of involvement: 4 years

Favorite memory or impactful experience: Dinners at Toni’s at the end of every semester!

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Anna-Nikol Georgiev

Industrial Engineering Technology, Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: WIT (4 years), WiTty Sisters (4 years), Polytechnic Ambassadors (2 years?), WIT Learning Community Resident Assistant (2 years)

Plans after graduation: Manufacturing Development Associate at Conagra Brands

Favorite memory or impactful experience: My favorite part of being involved in the Polytechnic is just the people I've had a chance to interact with. From the meetings to the hallway hangouts, it's been a pleasure being involved in so many different ways. I've loved being able to support residents and build long-lasting friendships.

Favorite quote: "Love is not an emotion. It is your very existence." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Lindsay Harper

Computer and Information Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: WIT - Four years, Polytechnic Ambassadors - Four Years, MTA - 2 years, AITP - 2 years, BoilerMENTOR - 1 year

Plans after graduation: Joining Cisco as a Business Analyst

Favorite memory or impactful experience: The Women in Technology class and luncheons with the speakers

Favorite quote: A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things. - Grace Hopper

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James Hidalgo

Electrical Engineering Technology and Economics

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: BEST Academic Support

Duration of involvement: Sept. 2018 – May 2021

Plans after graduation: American Economics Association Summer Program

Favorite memory or impactful experience: I remember working with a student who was older than me. I remembered tutoring him in “Introduction to Digital Systems” and he would tell me about his life experiences in the military and running a business. During my time with the BEST program, I enjoyed connecting with other members of the Polytech community and learning just as much as I was teaching.

Favorite quote: “He whose life has a why can bear almost any how” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Yuanhui "Kana" Huang

Computer and Information Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: B.E.S.T. Academic Support

Duration of involvement: Feb 2019 - May 2021

Plans after graduation: Graduate school at Northwestern University

Favorite memory or impactful experience: Helped students prepare for their calculus exams:)

Favorite quote: “Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” ― Franz Kafka

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Alia Kabba

Automation and Systems Integration Engineering Technology and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Women in Technology, Minority Technology Association, Polytechnic Ambassadors were the polytech related orgs

Duration of involvement: WiT: all four years, MTA: three years, Ambassadors: spring 2018 - spring 2020

Plans after graduation: I will be working at Cummins in their Manufacturing Development Program rotating through four roles and locations in two years.

Favorite memory or impactful experience: One of the most impactful experiences was going to STEM ABC because I met so many lifelong friends through it.

Favorite quote: "Something weird might just be something familiar viewed from a different angle" -Adventure Time

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Lauren McDaniel

Animation, Web Programming & Design

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Minority Technology Association (4 years, 2 on Eboard), Bolier Gold Rush (2 years), Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship (3 years), CLAIMiT (4 years), VISION (4 years)

Plans after graduation: Campus Ministry-in-Training Internship with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at University of Illinois-Chicago

Favorite memory or impactful experience: All the support I was able to get from Mrs. Toni and the RRD office over the years

Favorite quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -A.A. Milne

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Lyndsay Moye

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Women in Technology/Witty Sisters

Duration of involvement: All four years

Plans after graduation: To go on a road trip with some friends.

Favorite memory or impactful experience: Meeting friends throughout my time here

Favorite quote: "I have good ideas, but reality always gets in the way" -Binky Barnes

Graduate

Christa Serratos

Mechanical Engineering Technology and Automation & Systems Integration Engineering Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Minority Technology Association worked closely with the office of Recruitment, Retention and Diversity to recruit under-represented minorities into the Polytechnic Institute by hosting camps and events.

Duration of involvement: 4 years (Freshman - Senior)

Plans after graduation: Seeking work in the field of manufacturing of food products.

Favorite memory or impactful experience: My most impactful experience was being able to meet current Purdue students who remembered me from either a tour or camp I was helping facilitate. It gives me an insight of the impact I may have in other's life and in their decision to start their journey at Purdue.

Favorite quote: "You never fail until you stop trying" -Albert Einstein

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Eryn Sitar

Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) & Automation and Systems Integration (ASET)

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Polytechnic Ambassadors – represented the Polytechnic at campus recruiting events so those interested in Purdue or the Polytech could understand more about what we do and what it is like, Women in Technology – hosted activities like WOWiT and DOiT that got women involved in technology, but also let them experience Purdue and the Polytechnic

Duration of involvement: Polytechnic Ambassadors – 2 years, Women in Technology – 3 years

Plans after graduation: Moving to the Indianapolis area to work for Matrix Technologies, Inc. in an engineering position

Favorite memory or impactful experience: I really enjoyed the Union events for the Polytechnic Ambassadors when all the colleges were represented and I got the opportunity to talk to so many prospective students that had a lot of passion about what they wanted to do in college and in life. I felt like I was really able to connect with those students and hopefully inspire them to choose Purdue and the Polytechnic Institute.

Favorite quote: “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” Pam Beesly, The Office

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Ziwei Wang

Electrical Engineering Technology

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Women In Technology (2017-2018): I had the opportunity to develop professional relationships with female Purdue Polytechnic alumni through various of networking events including conferences and outreach. Purdue Polytechnic Ambassador (2018-2021): I have gained strong communication skills from this program. I got to organize university academic programs and campus fairs to inform and influence prospective students. I enjoyed sharing my experiences and opportunities from Purdue Polytechnic to students and parents!

Plans after graduation: After graduation, I will be working for John Deere at Waterloo, Iowa as an Electrical Manufacturing Engineer in Engineering Development Program (EDP).

Favorite memory or impactful experience: Study abroad in Spain for global leadership

Favorite quote: "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." - Marie Curie

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Taylor Younkins

Cybersecurity, minor in Communication

Organization(s)/how they were involved with us: Women in Technology, Polytechnic Ambassadors, CIT Student Council

Duration of involvement: 2017-2021

Plans after graduation: Full time employee for Apple as an Information Security Engineer

Favorite memory or impactful experience: One of my favorite memories was leading the DOiT camp in 2019. I had a blast taking high school girls around Purdue and showing them our best sides. We ended the day with bowling and ice cream.

Favorite quote: “Contentment is the enemy of progress”