35: Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager in HVAC – Megan Schulze

Megan Schulze earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly and a Masters of Science in Management from Colorado State University Global Campus and currently works as a Project Manager at Dewberry and is an active member in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

She started out working in a nuclear plant and gained interest in the area of saving energy and also realized that every project needs a project manager. She currently specializes in heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC). As a consultant and project manager Megan spends a lot of time in the field, which she really enjoys.

Today she is really fired up about energy efficiency, saving resources and likes that she is helping the community and directly helping people every day by making them comfortable.

At the age of 22 she was let go from her job at that time and took that as a failure; her ah-ha moment was she realized that it was a failure of the company and the role she was in no longer existed. Megan also realized the power of a solid network – she was able to utilize her network to secure another position.

In college you need to take care of your self – take study breaks and exercise to re-energize your self for these challenging curriculums.

Her favorite book is “A Writers Reference” by Dianna Hacker

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34: Electrical Engineer Working on Drones at GoogleX – John FitzSimons

John FitzSimons earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) from Purdue University and has worked at Motorola, Northrop Grumman and now currently at GoogleX working on drones.

At Motorola John helped design cell phones starting out in battery charging, moving into display technology, and then into high speed processor design. Jon then moved to Northrop Grumman designing Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment. His expertise is high speed processing and then interfacing that processing power to the outside world. At GoogleX working on drones, while is pilots license is not 100% applicable, he says it has helped. Outside of work he has done some glass blowing and metal work which has been quite interesting.

John provides advice that college is a place where you should try to take in as many experiences as you can and you need to take time during the day to re-charge.

John’s recommended book is “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” by Richard P. Feynman

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33: Manufacturing Aircraft Engines and SWE President – Jonna Gerken

Jonna Gerken earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Management Engineering and an MBA in Technology Development from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and currently works at Pratt & Whitney managing manufacturing engineers.

She indicates that in the aviation environment they have to design and manufacture engine parts that can be built at high volumes greater than 100,000 and for 40+ years. There is a strong push to 3-D printing, but not all parts lend themselves to that technology.

For manufacturing engineers many have come in through mechanical and aerospace engineering as well as industrial engineering – the key is problem solving. She is fired up about all the new technology in the manufacturing area and making parts out of materials that did not exist until recently.

There is also a myth out there that all engineers are really good at math and science. There are many engineers that were challenged by math and science but worked hard at it an therefore became successful – the key is to work hard and have the proper mindset.

One of Jonna’s habits that helps her be successful is to be organized.

Jonna’s favorite phone apps is Venmo – payment app and her recommend book is “How we get to Now” by Steven Johnson. This is available on Audible and you can get a free book from Audible at www.stemonfirebook.com and can cancel within 30 days and keep the book of your choice.
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32: Electrical and Software Engineer – Jon Butzine

Jon Butzine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Electrical and Software Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Masters in Healthcare Technologies Management from Marquette University.

The knowledge of both Electrical and Computer Science has allowed him to span the breadth from Enterprise systems to embedded systems which has allowed him to work on many different programs, and of course you will always be working in teams.

He is really fired up about Biological Engineering and the quantified self which also beings in the connected world, the Internet of Things (IoT).

When he learns a new subject, he takes the approach that he will be teaching it to someone else and says in college make sure you learn the material to actually gain the knowledge vs simply to pass a test.

One of his favorite internet resources is the Radio Lab Podcast.

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31: Civil Engineer involved in Leadership and Sales – Dayna Johnson

Dayna Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Management Degree from Valparaiso University and is currently working at GE Energy and part of the Accelerated Leadership Program (XLP). She is also heavily involved in the Society of Women Engineers SWE as Director of Achievement.

Dayna is involved in the sales process at GE energy and is really fired up about renewable power and her interest in Civil Engineering stemmed from a field trip where she was able to see how a sewage plant worked, and decided that was her path, and yes she does like rabbits!

In college she recommends finding a smart roommate and to become friends with others in your same major so when you have to do group projects, you know those whom would make good partners. Also in college she would encourage you to obtain some leadership skills, like being an officer in a club or society, like SWE. In your career she says to stay flexible so you can take opportunities that come your way.

Her favorite phone app is Audible and her recommended book is “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.

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