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math at an elementary school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Throughout the school year, Nock had volunteered at the school and decided to continue doing so over the summer.

Nock, a native of Calvert County, Maryland, is taking a bit of a break from engineering studies and will be working to earn a master’s degree in leadership and sustainable development in Ireland. After that she plans to re-focus on engineering and secure a doctorate in industrial engineering.

Nock, who was bestowed with an academic award at the Black Engineer of the Year Award conference in February 2014, said that for a career she’s most interested in helping developing nations enhance their power grids and educational programs.


There’s nothing lightweight about the internship Whit- ney Wilson is doing this summer. The 20-year-old bioengineering major at the University of Maryland, Col- lege Park, is working at Du- Pont as a product steward- ship and regulatory intern in the industrial biosciences division.

Wilson, who will be a senior in the fall, is tasked with compiling information and

Whitney Wilson

designing a training module on global cosmetic regulations that can potentially be used throughout the division.

This opportunity, located in Wilmington, Delaware, came about through her school’s Career Center’s Listserv.

Wilson, who received an academic award at the Black Engineer of the Year Award conference in February 2014, hopes to gain experience working in the product stewardship and regula- tory area. “I have not had the chance to work in such a large, interdisciplinary, global company,” said Wilson. “I look forward to being able to apply my knowledge in a new way, especially since this is a non-technical position.”

A native of Bear, Delaware, Wilson has a clear vision for her future. “Ultimately I would like to work in STEM education,” she said “I plan to go to graduate school and hopefully get a master’s degree in engineering and public policy. I want to use my knowledge and skill-sets to help with the STEM education of others.”

CIARA LYNTON Ciara Lynton, 19, hasn’t determined her ultimate career goal.

Still that’s not stopping her from diving head first into the engineering field. The junior at Morgan State University in

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Baltimore, Maryland, spent this past summer in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Lynton, who was recognized with a research award at the Black Engineer of the Year Award 2014 conference, became eligible for the summer internship after she was admitted into the NASA MUREP scholarship program last September

“I hope to gain a plethora of knowledge about robotics,” said Lynton who worked in NASA’s human-robotics department. “Also, I hope that this opportunity helps me to narrow down my interest in engineering.”

While she ponders her career path, Lynton said she is sure of one thing.

“I would like to make a difference in the world through my electrical engineering background,” she said.


Alex Killam isn’t waiting for his upcoming senior year at college to begin to figure out the direction for his ca- reer once he graduates. This summer, the 20-year-old electronic engineering major at Norfolk State University interned at Chrysler in Au- burn Hills, Michigan.

He’s working with the company’s vehicle inte- gration team, testing the 2015 police Dodge Charger primarily, as well as the 2015 police Ram and 2015 police Dodge Durango. “My main responsibility is to prepare the upcoming police units for the police catalog test done by the Michigan State Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department,” said Killam. “These tasks involve diagnosing and fixing any electrical issues with the car as well as performance issues.”

Alex Killam

After receiving a Black Engineer of the Year athletic award and attending the conference’s career fair, Killam met with Chrysler representatives at the fair. He obviously made a posi- tive impression. “I was blessed to receive two internship offers from Chrysler in engineering and manufacturing,” he said. “I accepted the engineering internship shortly thereafter.”

Killam has high expectations of his internship—learning about the company’s working environment, networking and soaking up as much as he can about the automotive industry and how electronic engineering relates.

However the Newport News, Virginia, native admits he’s not completely sure of his future career field.

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