By Giorgina Paiella
Several members of UConn faculty and staff were featured as guest panelists at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s (CBIA) annual meeting. The event focused on the Next Generation Connecticut initiative and its exciting promise for Connecticut industry.
MSE student Stephen Ecsedy was invited to speak at the event for his exceptional involvement in materials science internships, extracurricular outreach activities, and his senior design capstone project. A fifth year materials science and engineering and German studies student in the Eurotech Program, Stephen spent the 2013-2014 academic year abroad in Stuttgart, Germany, taking courses and completing an internship with the German company Bosch. He also completed two MSE internships at Goodrich ISR (now UTC Aerospace) and Pratt & Whitney during the summers of 2012 and 2013, respectively. Stephen is a member of Engineering Ambassadors at UConn, where he travels to middle and high schools delivering presentations on engineering topics and increasing student interest in STEM careers. Stephen is currently completing a senior design project sponsored by a German company, Carl Zeiss, with the goal of building a sample mount for a custom-built 61-beam scanning electron microscope (MultiSEM). Harvard researchers plan to use the microscope to map out a mouse brain in high resolution and three-dimensional magnification.
On his participation in the event, Stephen reflects:
It was a really great experience. I had the opportunity to speak about my experiences at UConn before a crowd of several hundred leaders of Connecticut industry, which was a first for me. I touched upon topics like my senior design project, specifically about how the MSE department connected me with the project that I am currently working on. Additionally, I talked about my extracurricular involvement with Engineering Ambassadors and our work in encouraging more students to consider careers in the STEM fields. I was also able to learn more about the Next Generation CT initiative in greater detail and the CT20X17 initiative, in which CBIA is heavily involved.
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