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IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Student Profiles

Nicole Stout
 
Nicole StoutHow did you become interested in your major?   
I always loved racing growing up.  When I found out about the Motorsports Engineering Program, I knew that it would be a perfect way for me to turn my passion into a career. 
      
What has been your greatest achievement at IUPUI?
I think my greatest achievement has been maintaining above a 3.3 GPA, which in turn has allowed me to keep my annual scholarship my whole college career. 
  
What are some organizations or groups that you are involved in on campus?
I am involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Women's Mentoring Network (WEN).  Through SWE, I am the crew chief for an all female go-kart team, as well as the team captain for the organization's Regatta team. 
 
What would you tell a high school girl intereted in engineering/engineering technology who was hesitant about going into the field? 
You can do anything that you put your mind to; just be confident in yourself and your skills. 
 
What has been your favorite college memory so far? 
My favorite college memory so far was the first time the all-female go-kart ran around the racetrack.  It was great to look at such an amazing thing and realize that I was a part of it. 
 
What is your favorite thing about IUPUI?
My favorite thing about IUPUI is the ability to get involved.  There are so many organizations and clubs on campus that if you're interested in getting involved, there is an organization or club waiting for you.  Clubs and organizations are a great way to make friends and connections. 
 
Can you describe an internship/co-op that you have done?
I have had internships with three organizations.  At the Indiana Motorsports Association, I worked behind the scenes within motorsports with event planning and sponsors.  When I worked for IndyCar, I was a technical inspector and I had the ability to talk to all of the race engineers and learn a lot about the sanctioning body.  Finally, at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, I worked hands-on with NHRA Drag Car tires, designing specific tire components and researching how the racecar and tires work together. 
 
What is the best advice you could give a female interested in engineering?
You're going to get out of your education what you put in to it.  Work hard and invest in your future. 

 

Madeline Dement
 

Madeline Dement

How did you become interested in your major?
My dad was a civil engineer so I spent most of my life hearing that "you should go into engineering" but I didn't want to because I thought it was a boring nerd job sitting behind a computer.  Then I learned what engineering really was; it was designing and fixing problems to make the world a better place.  That was definitely more interesting.  I ended up choosing mechanical engineering as it was the broadest field and I could go into any job in any industry with it. 
 
What has been your greatest achievement at IUPUI?
I think one of my greatest achievements at IUPUI is seeing how hard work in both academics and extracurricular involvements has paid off and helped me land a dream job after I graduate. 
 
What are some organizations or groups that you are involved in on campus?
I am involved with the Women's Engineering Network which connects freshmen and sophomore students with upperclassmen peer mentors and hosts monthly social and professional development events.  I've also been a part of a couple design teams which has been a great experience. 
 
What would you tell a high school girl interested in engineering/engineering technology who was hesitant about going into the field?
Be confident and go for it but do not give up too soon or let a poor grade discourage you.  It is worth the work.  Engineering is a field that can give you a lot of opportunities. 
 
What has been your favorite college memory so far?
I have loved my time at IUPUI as a whole so it is extremely hard to pick a single favorite memory.  Some of my highlights include studying abroad in Germany over the summer, going to present at a conference in New Mexico with my friend, being on the first IUPUI girls team for the Purdue Grand Prix, and even just small things like spending an evening hanging out with friends. 
 
What is your favorite thing about IUPUI?
IUPUI has so many opportunities to get involved with clubs, organizations, or in the community.  I've always managed to stay busy but still keep all of my involvements relevant to my major. 
 
Can you describe an internship/co-op that you have done?
I have done three internships at Raytheon.  Each summer there, I was in a different department which gave me the chance to continually learn new things and become more well-rounded.  I got to see some of the things learned in class applied to the real world. 
 
What is the best advice you could give a female interested in engineering?
If an engineering degree is what you want, you have to put a lot of time and effort into it.  It is hard work no matter who you are, but when you see some of your projects come to life or get that dream internship, it is totally worth it.  Be confident and willing to branch out.  If you think something is difficult, chances are others feel the same way and you can work through it with someone else.  Take every chance you get to network or talk to someone new as they may be a friend or a great resource down the road.