Alumna Sarah Burns '14 M '15 is enjoying a fantastic start to her engineering career.
Burns is currently a quality assurance engineer with Mitsubishi Electric Power Products in Warrendale, Pa. In this position, she is responsible for ensuring that the power supplies and other products sold to customers meet Mitsubishi’s high quality standards. While enrolled at Robert Morris, Burns interned with Mitsubishi and was eventually offered a full time job.
Burns stressed the importance of the internship requirement in the RMU engineering program. "I really do attribute my success to RMU requiring an internship, and that getting us out into the actual working environment gives us experience that sets us apart from other schools," Burns said.
She also stated how influential her engineering professors were in her collegiate career. Two of these professors were Arif Sirinterlikci, the head of the Department of Engineering, and the late Tamiko Youngblood. "Dr. Youngblood was very influential not only with myself, but she also took a real interest in female engineers and helping us succeed in the workforce," Burns said. "Dr. Sirinterlikci is the same way. He really takes a genuine interest in your success and helps you with anything you need."
Burns is appreciating her time at Mitsubishi and hopes to continue her success at the company. Her advice to RMU engineering students is to take full advantage of their opportunities. "Do the best you can in your internship, because not only could that give you the opportunity to work for that employer, but it will also give you valuable experience to put on your resume."
Recently Burns volunteered to serve on the Board of Visitors for the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science. The board supports and guides Dean Kalevitch in the strategic vision for the school.
"Having an alum such as Sarah on the Board of Visitors gives a stamp of approval to the academic excellence of our programs and quality of our faculty," said Kalevitch.