Mechanical Engineering, May 2011
I came to Tech in the fall of 2007 from Plano, TX, a suburb of Dallas with a population of over 300,000 people. Needless to say, the culture shock of moving to Russellville was a big lifestyle change. I didn't know a single person the first day I showed up on campus, but I was able to make friends quickly. I was able to do so because of the best decision I made while I was at ATU. This was the decision to join the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The fraternity opened my eyes to a new world and allowed me to make lifelong friends that have helped guide me to where I am today. My fraternity brothers have provided me with job interviews, housing and hot meals when I visit across the entire country. While I was at Tech, in addition to my Presidential Scholarship from the university, I received the Who's Who award, along with acceptance into both the Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek honor societies. I was also very involved with academic organizations, as I became president of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and received the member of the year scholarship for the entire region my junior year. My first three semesters were also spent playing on the football team. These organizations allowed me to practice my leadership and organization skills, which played a large role in being hired for a position at a rising Fortune 500 company.
My diligence in my academics, and dedication to the university served me immensely well as I was able to obtain a mechanical engineering position with Halliburton. I have been employed with Halliburton for almost two years, directly upon graduation. In my short time with Halliburton, I have changed positions twice, moving up to bigger assignments and opportunities. Now I am about to charter an entirely new department, which is part of a company-wide movement for global expansion.
I attribute much of my success to my education at Tech, and am very grateful for my time and experience there.