What made you decide to choose your specific major?
I chose Aeronautical Engineering Technology because growing up, I’ve always liked aviation, engineering, and problem solving. I like figuring out how things work in a more hands on environment. When deciding which major to choose, I knew this was the right one because it checked all the boxes.
What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?
I really like the class structure. There’s usually a lecture portion where you learn the theory behind a concept, then a lab portion where you can apply what you’ve learned in lecture using techniques found in industry. I feel like this structure benefits my learning style a lot, and it also prepares you for a career after graduation. I also enjoy the overall atmosphere of the students and professors, who are always super welcoming.
What has been one of your favorite class projects?
One of my favorite projects was in crankcase splitting AT262 (intro to aircraft powerplant technology). This is where you disassemble a reciprocating engine almost entirely to inspect internal components. I let this was very beneficial because it allows you to practice performing a real-world inspection.
What other activities are you involved in on campus?
I am involved in Marwood, which is a cooperative house here on Purdue’s campus. Purdue Cooperatives are another way to live on campus that is lot cheaper than dorms or Greek life. It’s also a great way to meet new people and make lasting friendships.
What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?
I wish someone had told me how diverse the career opportunities are with AET. At first, I thought this major was limited to only maintenance, but after talking with professors and people in the industry, I realized that this major covers a wide range of careers, from more engineering focused, to production, to management.
What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?
Involvement, involvement, involvement. Get as involved as you can because college is a place of endless opportunities where all you have to do is reach out.