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Many STEM students participate in internships during their college career. One STEM student, Teresa McKinney, has won the STEM Intern of the Year. The STEM Intern of the Year award is given to a student that has shown a high quality of work, has shown initiative, has completed presentations, and has had an impact on the company with whom they have worked.View more...
YSU STEM always enjoys learning what its former students are up to and sharing our congratulations on the success of our students, like Julia Mercer. Julia, after graduating from YSU in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, has gone on to find a great deal of success pursuing her career.View more...
YSU STEM always enjoys learning what its former students are up to and sharing our congratulations on the success of our students, like Julia Mercer. Julia, after graduating from YSU in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, has gone on to find a great deal of success pursuing her career.
It didn’t take long for Julia, a Michigan native, to find where she belonged. For the last five years, she has worked as an engineer for Carmeuse Lime and Stone Technical Center, which sells industrial chemicals. Specifically, Julia focuses her work and engineering skills on traveling to customers’ work sites to make sure that the chemicals are being used safely, which is something that is very important to Carmeuse. They takes a great deal of pride in making sure that their chemicals are more sustainable and efficient, while also being more cost effective. She also builds customer relationships and protects the company’s intellectual rights. Much of what Julia does today, though, reflects the skills that she learned while at YSU.
“The confidence and technical reasoning skills I built as I went through the engineering curriculum helps me in my daily activities as I troubleshoot the use of chemicals at customers plants…” Julia says about how her YSU education has helped her. She continued to say, “I think YSU’s engineering curriculum is very good at developing engineers who are proficient technically and can communicate well with a diverse audience.”
The ability to communicate well is something that Julia says is one of the most important things to remember in the work place. She thinks that the perfect place to learn these skills is during summer internships, like her internships at General Electric, WCI Steel, and United States Steel. Julia says that while a student’s internship may not be in their dream field, the experience out weighs all of that.
“Communication skills can sometimes be more important that engineering skills…” she says.
While Julia picked YSU for its great engineering program, she also chose YSU because she wanted to join the YSU Swimming and Diving team. She was, however, involved with a great deal more that just the swim team during her time at YSU. Julia was also involved with the Catholic Student Association, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
Much of Julia’s success can be traced back to not only her education at YSU, but to her husband Tyler, also a YSU STEM graduate, her family, and her faith. She and her husband both greatly enjoyed their time at YSU. Specifically, Julia enjoyed that she has small class sizes, which in not the case in the typical engineering school.
Julia has most recently published articles on Acid Mine Drainage and Flue Gas Desulfurization, which focuses on how to use industrial chemicals more efficiently. She also attended the One Young World Conference in 2010, where 1,300 leaders from over 150 countries, who are also under 30, met and discussed subjects such as human rights, global health, and transparency and integrity.
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