Success Stories - Students

Amanda Bui

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Where is your hometown?
Fremont, CA

What is your degree program?
Mobile App Development - AAS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
May 9, 2020
Currently studying WMC, Web Mobile Computing, at RIT for Bachelor's degree, estimate graduation 2022

Where is your place of employment?
Lockheed Martin

What is your Job Title?
Information Technology Intern

What are your Work Responsibilities?
My work responsibilities include expansion of the department’s web presence with new service enhancements, expansion of the department’s product catalog with a mobile app, and product development for on and off premises hosting.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
My co-op experience relates to my degree because I focused on using what I have learned in my MAD program for Lockheed Martin. This includes coding, design, and developing a mobile application.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
My advice would be to always try your best, communicate, and show the world what you've got!

Mahin Choudhury

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Where is your hometown?
Chicago, IL

What is your degree program?
CMIT - BS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
May 2020

Where is your place of employment?
Fidelity Investments

What is your Job Title?
Technical Intern

What are your Work Responsibilities?
My main responsibility was researching and documenting a variety of accessibility tools for Fidelity stakeholders whom has a disability. I also tested Windows Operating System (OS) builds, and did baseline testing for laptops and desktops based on performance.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
At my recent co-op at Fidelity, I worked on system engineering tasks including testing O.S. builds and laptops/desktops, and managing deployed applications using a virtual machine. The experience I gained while at my co-op will help me with pursuing my degree in CMIT.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
Sell yourself by showing the skills and knowledge you received in your job or co-op interviews. Also, when you are searching for a co-op or job, stay on top of things, and do not delay your responsibilities!

Malia Christenson

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Where is your hometown?
Peshtigo, WI

What is your degree program?
ARTIMG - AAS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
December 2019

Where is your place of employment?
Albuquerque Sign Language Academy

What is your Job Title?
Creative Designer

What are your Work Responsibilities?
My responsibility was to support the needs of the teachers in the creation of visual schedules, developing visual teaching support and methods, and ASL driven visual manipulatives.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
My co-op experience related to my graphic design major as I was able to utilize a combination of tools to support my work, such as photography, design, and illustration tools.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
My best advice is to believe in yourself as others will see your hard work and education come through, and people will see what you have learned along the way.

Katelyn Hawton

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Where is your hometown?
Trabuco Canyon, CA

What is your degree program?
Design and Imaging Technology - AAS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
2020

Where is your place of employment?
Bay Cities

What is your Job Title?
Graphic Design Intern

What are your Work Responsibilities?
My work responsibilities include editing media products to make it clean and ready for social media, modifying backgrounds to ensure that media is clean and easy to look at, adding shadows and other effects to make our media 3-Dimensional, and creating sample designs for demonstrations.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
This co-op related to my degree from RIT/NTID by helping me learn more about Photoshop and helping me understand what it is like to be in the job field as a graphic designer.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
My advice for the students who are in the design program is to be open to feedback. Professors and instructors are there to help you improve your design skills. Don't be afraid to ask around for feedback on your design work; they will be happy to give some feedback to help you learn.

My advice for students in RIT/NTID is to communicate clearly. It is very easy to harm a good relationship in communication with a person from rude comments, gossip, blames, and assumptions. It is very important to stay positive when we are going through dark times. Be humble and kind. Having patience is a good thing when it comes to all topics; like money issues, not having your own transportation, and other things, because if you rush so much then you won't be able to enjoy the things you love in life. That is why I wear my turtle necklace because it meant patience to me like patience with my drawing skills to improve at a persistent motivation, self-care, and family reasons. Patience will take you far in the long run.

Vincent Hurley

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Where is your hometown?
Hingham, MA

What is your degree program?
EEEE - BS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
Graduated Fall of 2019

Where is your place of employment?
Dematic Retrotech

What is your Job Title?
Controls Application Engineer formerly Controls Engineering Co-op

What are your Work Responsibilities?
My responsibility as a co-op was to learn as much as possible. I was also responsible for updating electrical drawings, working with PLC code, testing electrical panels, managing BOM's and order entries. Now my responsibilities include what I did as a co-op with more responsibility towards making sure that my time is managed in a way that my projects stay within the allotted hours and within the budget. I am also responsible for traveling to customer sites to assist with commissioning projects.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
My career utilizes the general aspects of my EE degree such as circuit analysis, problem solving, and programming. The most important aspect of the degree was the problem-solving skills, everything else was learned through experience on the job.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
I wouldn't sweat the grades too much, once you get over the hurdle of your first job or co-op everything else falls into place. I would advise having some hobbies and extracurriculars relating to your major so you have experiences and projects to show that you can apply your knowledge beyond the theory and classwork. Overall, I would say maintain a good work life balance throughout school, time flies when you're in school, so be sure to enjoy it.

Ryan Koester

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Where is your hometown?
Amherst, NY (near Buffalo)

What is your degree program?
CADTEC -- AAS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
December 2019

Where is your place of employment?
US Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colorado

What is your Job Title?
CAD Intern

What are your Work Responsibilities?
I worked with AutoDesk Revit and Civil3D on various Civil Engineering projects, such as a Water Treatment Plant, and the All-American Canal passing through Calexico, California. I worked on Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID), 3D modeling for a water treatment tank & pipeline system. I also worked on a risk analysis project for canal waterways, where I used LiDAR data from USGS to find the embankment height, width, depth of canal, etc for each section of the canal. I also did lots of mark-up and revision changes where professional engineers would go through a printed copy of a drawing, and write down things that needs to be corrected, changed or fixed- I would receive that paper, and perform the requested changes on the CAD file.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
My career is directly related to my degree from RIT, because I am working as a CAD draftsman, where I need to be skilled and proficient with various CAD softwares, which are taught at RIT/NTID. The biggest one was AutoDesk Revit. I entered the CADTEC program without ever touching Revit beforehand- I was taught how to use the program and was able to develop knowledge and skills for it that directly transferred to my job at USBR, and even as a bonus, I was able to teach some of my other co-workers tricks that I've learned at RIT. Also, as an intern, I've learnt various necessities that the software has in the workplace that wasn't taught in classes- I was able to provide feedback to my professor, and was pleasantly surprised that the feedback I provided was actually incorporated in classroom projects. In particular, the feature was multi-user collaboration, where there were procedures that needed to be learnt and followed to allow multiple people to work on a single project- a classroom environment naturally leans toward individual projects for skill development, but the CADTEC professors were able to figure out a great way to teach collaborations for all of the students in my class.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
My advice would be to understand that you may or may not need more time to figure out and understand what you truly want to do for yourself, your career and the future. Some people would know what their ambitions are very early in life, some people - like myself, would take much longer. Straight out of high school, I had NO idea what I wanted for my future, so I just jumped into the RIT engineering programs. Without knowing my desires, my motivations were not there, so it's okay if you decide to drop out, like I did the first time around. I was able to find a few trades jobs, such as Non-Destructive Testing: doing inspections on welds and manufactured parts. In my previous career, I began to notice drawings, blueprints and such, and the computer software used to create them- I felt a very strong interest toward it, and wanted to learn it. When I discovered the CADTEC program at NTID, I decided to return to school at the age of 29, this time with a clear goal in mind and far more motivations and understanding. College are about opportunities for your career, but it's not the ONLY opportunity you HAVE to take, if you need time to explore what you really need, there is always a "way back in".

Ryan's USBR Internship Photos
Ryan's PPT Presentation from USBR
Ryan's Canal Presentation

Keara Mangan

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Where is your hometown?
Pittsburgh, PA

What is your degree program?
Film and Animation - BFA

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
May 2020

Where is your place of employment?
Summer internship at NASA Glenn Research Center

What is your Job Title?
VR Animation and Modeling Intern

What are your Work Responsibilities?
My work responsibilities included creating 3D models for AR/VR simulation. I was also responsible for rigging and texturing 3D assets to be programmed into Unity.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
Through this internship I learned more about 3D animation for game engines as well as what goes into the process for Unity, which is a cross-platform game engine and is used for game development.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
My advice would be don't be afraid to ask for help if you're stuck on a project. Also, if you are looking to get more portfolio experience, I recommend reaching out to non-profits and offering design assistance as a great way to gain more experience.

Yahya Moore

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Where is your hometown?
Watertown, MA

What is your degree program?
CIMT - AOS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
May / 8 /2020

Where is your place of employment?
Tobyhanna Army Depot

What is your Job Title?
Machinist Intern

What are your Work Responsibilities?

  • Industrial worker with the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command
  • Assisted in the upgrading and integration of Command, Control, Computer, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems for all branches of the Armed Forces
  • Worked with milling machines to produce needed parts for Armored Personnel Carriers and Mobile Rocket Launchers
  • Produced sheet metal for necessary repairs to armored vehicles
  • Operated various cutting machines to produce needed parts based on blueprint specifications

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
My degree is in Computer Integrated Machining Technology, and I had an opportunity to work on CNC Machines and Manual Milling. I learned how to operate these machines properly, and in turn helped produce parts for the Army at Tobyhanna.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
My advice would be simple—stay focused on your studies and don’t lose track of your goals!

Arturo Peralta Silva

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Where is your hometown?
Kissimmee, FL

What is your degree program?
Applied Computer Technology-AOS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
December 2019

Where is your place of employment?
OhioHealth

What is your Job Title?
Information Technology Intern

What are your Work Responsibilities?
Some of my work responsibilities included maintaining and supporting the end to end process of information technology asset management. I also did things like cleaning the internal hard disk drive (HDD) and overseeing troubleshooting for system errors.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
This career does relate to my degree because I would like to work in the technology field where I can do work that I can enjoy. Working at OhioHealth helped me apply what I had learned from my previous courses to be successful in my work environment.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
I would tell students to study hard and take the classes seriously because everything you learn in class; does help you be successful working in those fields. Students should appreciate learning in class because it is an opportunity for a great benefit to learn from experienced professors.

Bradley Speck

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Where is your hometown?
York, PA

What is your degree program?
MECE - BS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
Summer 2020

Where is your place of employment?
GE Aviation

What is your Job Title?
GE90 & GP7200 High Pressure Turbine Design and Services Engineer

What are your Work Responsibilities?

  • Design a better GP7200 high pressure turbine nozzle insert and follow product development cycle, improving fittings from easing bends and reducing interference mates, cutting manufacturing cost of making the insert by around $300 each, doing mechanical analyses on it to verify engineering requirements, and presenting to executives and doing change in design and FAA paperwork to approve the design and release.
  • Solve supply crises with time sensitivity, communicating with shop people and suppliers inside and outside of the US, staying in the office and/or going to the shops inside and outside of GE Aviation for investigations, and solving them with one or more solutions.
  • Disposition material review board and departure record and recovered millions of dollars scrapped components, determining acceptability by benchmarking against serviceability and repairability limits, performing assembly stack-ups, mechanical analyses and part functions, and writing substantiations and design record book.
  • Perform and support root cause investigation of assembly problems, wear, and distress progressions on components, evaluations drawing requirements, assembly instructions, engine operating parameters, engine manuals and material review board history, performing visual and dimensional inspections and measurements on the parts, performing 3D Finite Element Analyses using Ansys performing statistical data analysis, and documenting findings about the root causes.

 

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
RIT/NTID has helped me with developing my communication, writing and engineering skills to meet industry standards, exceed their expectations, and succeed in getting a position with GE Aviation.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
Do very well in school, read as much as you can, work on communication and technical writing skills, and stay on top of your assignments. You will be rewarded and do very well in the industry.

Anthony Trayner

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Where is your hometown?
Windsor, ON

What is your degree program?
FINC-BS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
2020

Where is your place of employment?
Quicken Loans

What is your Job Title?
Financial Intelligence Intern

What are your Work Responsibilities?

  • Assisted with financial forecasting, modeling, and analysis
  • Prepared multiple financial reports on data sets
  • Consolidated data reports
  • Completed finance related projects and ad-hoc requests

 

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
Being a financial intelligence intern at Quicken Loans is closely related to my finance degree since I had the chance to apply many concepts and practical learning in the classroom to this co-op, especially in the areas of financial modeling and analysis. This also helped me decide where I wanted to be in the financial industry when it comes to post-graduation as well.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
I definitely recommend students to start networking as soon as you feel ready to take a leap into your career path. I have met many educators, faculty and individuals inside and outside of RIT/NTID, and the connections that I have made with each person is worth it. I do believe putting in the time for networking is important, because it really paves the way for what you want in your future, regardless of your major or college of study.

Bryan Yun

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Where is your hometown?
Rockville, Maryland

What is your degree program?
MECE - BS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?
2022

Where is your place of employment?
U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

What is your Job Title?
Journeyman Fellow

What are your Work Responsibilities?

  • Program motors/microcontrollers in MEMS
  • Use MATLAB for experiments and testing
  • Rapid Prototyping with 3D Printers as well as using Solidworks to design parts

 

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
Being a Mechanical Engineer at RIT has helped me prepare for the world of Research and potentially for my plans in grad school related to robotics! All the things I’ve learned from my courses within the MECE department as well being part of the NTID community has helped me hone my skills further during my co-ops at Harvard University and at ARL. My plans for the future regarding the degree is to take what I have learned both from co-ops and from MECE courses is to get a graduate degree related to robotics.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
Finding co-ops can be difficult especially for a lot of deaf students both at RIT and NTID, my advice would be to keep applying and keeping a positive attitude throughout the co-op search At the same time: I highly encourage students to stay on top of their academics, but at the same time: ENJOY College! You are only here for 4-5 years and please enjoy while it last. /p>