Internship and study abroad opportunities, hands-on lab experiences, independent and team projects, leadership events, mentorship opportunities with Women in Technology and the School of Engineering Technology – all of these opportunities have made me feel like a well-rounded candidate for my upcoming job.
Heather Battinich
Robotics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology '21
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Heather Battinich

Robotics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology '21
Manufacturing Engineer for Subaru Indiana Automotive

Who would you like to thank as you finish your time at Purdue and start your career?

Toni Munguia, for picking me out despite my introversion and exposing me to so many great opportunities in mentorship, leadership, advocacy, and employment. She has given me so many opportunities to hone in my skills and help others, and it has truly been a great kickstart to my career. She has always been so kind and helpful, and she has greatly improved both my college experience and my path for after college.

Dean Bertoline, for being a role model and advocate for work life balance and prioritizing your own needs. I have always enjoyed listening to him as a guest speaker, and getting to attend his seminar on Living with Purpose and Thriving has truly been a privilege. I think that in our field it can be very easy to disconnect with the soft sciences and your own needs, and this has been a great opportunity to reconnect with something I was very passionate about before getting invested in my studies at Purdue.

Helen McNally, for being so down to earth and welcoming when I conducted Female Faculty interviews my very first semester, then welcoming my participation in her short study abroad program with the Dublin Institute of Technology. It was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed getting to learn and travel with her. I wish I could have taken more classes with her.

What specific classes helped prepare you for your new job?

The PLM minor has been my favorite area of my studies at Purdue, and I can see its importance in my manufacturing role. I really appreciate the concepts introduced and the structure of the courses I have taken in the CGT department.

ECET279 with April Cheung is so content rich I could probably take it 5 times and learn something new with each iteration. She is so helpful, and this class is the foundation of embedded systems. I personally do not intend to do embedded systems quite yet, but it is a rapidly growing part of industry that I know I will be encountering in the future.

If you had a favorite class, project, experience, or professor, what/who was it, and why?

Being a teaching assistant and mentor for the Women in Technology organization has been a really rewarding experience because it gave me the opportunity to connect with people who are both ahead of me on this experience of being a woman in STEM, as well as those who are just getting started.

I really enjoyed Professor Jacob’s lectures because he is very enthusiastic about his job and is a genuinely good teacher, who can make things make sense.

I really enjoyed my courses with professor Camba because I enjoyed the content and the way that he structures his courses has worked well for me. I enjoyed the projects we were assigned, and the lectures (especially for 303) hold my interest and are engaging.

My most memorable experience would have to be the short study abroad trip to Ireland with Helen McNally (and Kevin Berwick at DIT). Such a lovely experience, such interesting technologies, and overall just a wonderful trip with good people.