October 28, 2004
Fifty six ambitious engineering undergraduates arrived at the third annual Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) Career Kaleidoscope brimming full of questions for alumni and CIT advisory council members, who were invited to campus to talk with them about their careers. Students rotated between eight roundtables, staffed with a professional at each station, to learn about the rewards and challenges associated with different engineering fields.
Pradeep Khosla, CIT Dean, welcomed the crowd, encouraging participants to gain insight into the excitement and challenges involved with each position. Coordinated by the College of Engineering and the Carnegie Mellon Career Center, the networking session was open to engineering freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The program this year included experts in electrical and computer, civil, mechanical, chemical, and materials science engineering, as well as engineering and public policy. Additionally, a physician and two patent attorneys consulted with the pupils on ways to combine engineering with medicine or law.
Among the Carnegie Mellon graduates present were Jane Rudolph (EE & EPP '79) and Gary Kiliany (EE '83). Rudolph spoke about the technical and management positions she has held leading up to her current role as vice president of strategic programs in Lockheed Martin's transportation and security solutions division. Kiliany, the president of iKnowthat.com, a company devoted to discovery-based education for children, told students that his success in cross-disciplinary environments began at Carnegie Mellon. He urged his listeners to take advantage of the opportunities for collaboration at the university, from discussing course work in the hallways to signing up for research projects. When you are accepted into Carnegie Mellon, "you get into a culture of creativity and innovation that stays with you forever," he said.
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