Student Spotlight: Katie Smith

Katie SmithMost college seniors dread looking for careers in the months after graduation. Katie Smith, a senior chemical engineering major, is ahead of the game, having already procured a position with the Edison Engineering Development Program at General Electric Lighting, in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Starting in June, Katie will embark on the first leg of the Edison Engineering Development Program’s two-year rotation. The program is an accelerated track for gaining leadership within the company.

During the past two summers, Katie has interned with the company in two separate departments: LED Technology and Fluorescent. Working in LED Technology, Katie analyzed competitive product data. Also while with the Fluorescent Technology Team, Katie fabricated an action spectra and conducted lamp reliability tests.

In the summer of 2011, Katie analyzed the emission and excitation spectra of phosphor samples from the GE Global Research Center. Through many trials, Katie also preformed precipitation reactions with varying parameters to yield phosphor powder from raw materials.

“I would like to acknowledge the faculty of the YSU Engineering Department and of the Scholars and Honors Program who have been so instrumental in my success, especially Dr. Douglas Price and Dr. Amy Cossentino. They truly went above and beyond just teaching in the classroom, enabling me to grow into a young professional,” Katie said.

Katie will be pursuing a Master’s of Engineering degree at Case Western Reserve University starting this fall. Many student organizations will be sad to see her leave. As a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, Phi Sigma Rho Sorority for Women in Engineering, and Society of Women Engineers, the STEM College has no doubt that she will fit right in.

Katie, a Boardman High School graduate, will graduate this spring summa cum laude with her bachelors in chemical engineering and minors in both mathematics and chemistry. She attributes much of her love of the field to her upbringing. Mrs. Burkey, a BHS chemistry teacher, and Mr. Centofanti, a BHS calculus teacher, helped to carve her path of success. Her family has also played a big role in her career decisions.

“There are a lot of engineers in my family! Three uncles and four cousins,” Katie said.

Katie will still be working hard until graduation, but she is sure to have an enjoyable final semester at YSU.

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