James Auwaerter: Working Hard & Playing Hard in ECE


April 21, 2004

ECE and Biomedical Engineering junior James Auwaerter was featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on zany college clubs around the nation.

"We work hard, so we need to play hard," said James. "Pretty much any interest you have, you can find a club, or start one." On the go at Carnegie Mellon, James is a student consultant at the Computing Services Help Center, a Copy Manager at the Tartan, and the Executive Vice-President of the CMU chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

He volunteers during community Service Saturdays and is a member of the Student Senate Business Affairs, MSImpact, which focuses on using Microsoft technology, the College Republicans, and CMU's Camarilla chapter, a national live-action role-playing group. One of his fun campus memories is applying his engineering building and design skills to play in the Student Dormitory Council's Junkyard Wars.

His top-rated ECE class was 18-396, Signals and Systems, and ECE Lecturer Tom Sullivan and Professors Ed Schlesinger and Tsuhan Chen are his favorite instructors. Last year, James interned with Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, and he will be returning this year.

Computer-oriented from an early age, James researched his options before applying to Carnegie Mellon. "I was looking for a school that had a good reputation for engineering, and I spoke with some alumni that really impressed me," he recalled.

James' future plans are still in the air, and may be in the air literally, as he hopes to apply for NASA's astronaut program.