Recent Loyola engineering graduates have secured full-time jobs with organizations such as Constellation Energy, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Vanguard Group, niche defense contractors, and Leach Wallace Associates, a construction firm specializing in medical facilities.
Laura Borowski, ’12, gained a spot on the
Monash Motorsports design team.
Many of these positions stemmed from internships they had through Loyola. Laura Borowski, ’12, a mechanical engineering student from Hillsdale, N.J., already has a job waiting for her at GE Aviation’s Edison Engineering Development program in Cincinnati, Ohio, a three-year leadership development program where she will rotate through three different roles and earn a master’s degree from one of three area universities. The opportunity emerged after Borowski spent the summers after her sophomore and junior years completing internships at GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft division near Baltimore.
While the internships were valuable, the independent research Borowski pursued as part of Loyola’s Hauber Fellowship program might have given her an even greater edge. The Hauber program allows undergraduates to spend 10 weeks each summer working on an independent project under the guidance of Loyola faculty. Borowski completed her fellowship the summer after her first year—a rare accomplishment. She studied fluid motion in soap films—a technology used, among other things, to explore air flow patterns over aircraft wings—with Bailey and Mary Lowe, Ph.D., professor of physics. She later presented her findings at a meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education in Philadelphia, an unusual feat for an undergraduate. The Hauber experience also helped her gain a spot on the design team for Monash Motorsports, the Formula SAE racing team at the university where she studied in Australia during the spring of her junior year.
“The Hauber program was one of the reasons I came to Loyola,” says Borowski. “The way I learn is by asking questions and that’s hard to do with 250 students in a lecture hall. Then, on my project, I was the one making decisions. I was the one responsible. It made a difference during my job interview. When they asked how I dealt with a time challenge, or how I responded when things didn’t go my way, I had that experience to draw on. When the summer was over, I didn’t want to stop, so I continued it as an independent study and sixth class that fall. I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself, and through the Hauber, I felt like I really was striving for the magis.”