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Kayla Sandoval

Kayla Sandoval

Major: 
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Hometown: 
El Paso, Texas
So far my college experience has been everything I had hoped and dreamed of for so long, and so much more! RIT is a place where people can continuously improve themselves to become more than what they thought they would be. MMET is a department that fosters the growth of every person who walks into a lab here. Being at RIT has opened my eyes to the opportunities that we all have to make our respective industries better. What I like the best about my department in particular is that all of the professors have been in the industry or have done research (or BOTH) and have taken that knowledge and now apply it to our curriculum. Other branches of academia don’t change as much as ours changes. The very nature of engineering is always developing and shifting, which means that our education never stops. Most of the staff in CAST reflects that continuous improvement trend in their own personal lives. Additionally, I like the hands on approach of every class. In my opinion, most people are visual learners, which means that with the hands on view of how to accomplish something, we have a particularly enriched experience. Sometimes, ectures can be boring, but in our college, lectures become a discussion amongst peers. Labs become wild experiments that demonstrate how all aspects of a system work. Projects become personal goals as well as develop the interconnected feeling that we all get from working together. In particular the project work is the best opportunity CAST gives us. Some groups of engineers never learn how to work together. But with a project group organized for every core class, working together becomes essential, and integral, to the success of the project. Not only are the technical aspects of any project important, but also the growing dynamic between the group members. CAST places a strong emphasis on developing and forming cohesive groups, while tackling some of the most common engineering problems seen in industry today.
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