A marketing brochure will only go so far in showing you how an Indiana Tech education can prepare you well for a successful career. That’s why we work hard to stay in touch with our graduates so we can develop their Success Stories. First and foremost, we are proud of our graduates and we love letting the world know about their outstanding accomplishments. Secondly, there is no one better to illustrate the impact of an Indiana Tech degree than one who has walked across our commencement stage and dived headlong into his or her career.
Sameh AlsahafiIndiana Tech Grad, 2019
After graduating in 2019 as Indiana Tech’s Outstanding Energy Engineering graduate, Sameh Alsahafi returned to his home country of Saudi Arabia to work with Saudi Aramco, a petroleum and natural gas company which is one of the largest companies in the world.
While at Indiana Tech, Sam not only excelled at his studies and made the dean’s list each year, but he did so while regularly commuting to Fort Wayne from Indianapolis after his sophomore year.
“Dr. Renie pushed me very hard to achieve my goals,” Sam said about the support and encouragement he received from associate professor of mechanical and energy engineering, Dr. John Renie. “He said to me, ‘You can do it! Don’t worry about anything else. Just work hard, stay focused on your goal and you will achieve it. And I am always here to help.’ ”
Nic Goldsberry2002 Indiana Tech Graduate
In May, the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), awarded the Automotive Excellence Award to Honda Motor Company for their advanced high-strength steel innovations in the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The award was presented at the 17th annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) seminar in Livonia, Michigan.
Nic Goldsberry, an Indiana Tech graduate and senior body design engineer at Honda, received the award for his GDIS 2017 presentation, titled, “The All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey.” Goldsberry graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Honda designed an all-new chassis for the 2018 Odyssey, based on the platform used in light duty trucks to maximize maneuverability and steering ease. They employed the Next-Gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure in combination with tailor welded hot stamped door rings and a new multi-connection bumper beam to enhance occupant protection. The Odyssey is comprised of 58 percent high-strength steel leading to high rigidity and a lightweight body.
“Automotive Excellence Award winners use advanced high-strength steel in applications to provide the best value for consumers while also improving vehicle performance and sustainability,” said Jody Hall, vice president of the automotive market at SMDI. “Steel is driving innovation and Nic and the Honda team are a great example of the capability of these next generation steel grades.”
The SMDI Automotive Excellence Award is presented each year at Great Designs in Steel. Individuals or teams from automakers, suppliers or the academic community who embrace innovation and make significant contributions to the advancement of steel in the automotive market are awarded for their innovation. Candidates are rated in several categories, including: challenges and benefits associated with cost, mass reduction and performance; overall contribution to the advancement of steel; and implementation in production
Sean Woolridge2017 Indiana Tech graduate
Sean admits that when he began his internship at AccuTemp Products in May of 2017, he was a bit intimidated. He knew nothing about foodservice equipment the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based company is known for manufacturing, and that was a source of trepidation for Sean.
As it turned out, Sean’s internship proved to be a nourishing and confidence-building experience that left AccuTemp’s vice president of engineering, Dean Stanley, glowing.
“Sean came to us well-prepared and adapted very quickly, so there wasn’t a honeymoon period or anything,” Stanley said. “He was ready to go and he made big contributions to our company.”
Sean gives thanks to the Indiana Tech Career Center, which “made a huge difference in finding the right type of internship for each student,” and the hands-on approach to learning that the College of Engineering embraces.
“The professors always found a way to liken the work back to real-world practice,” he said, which made his transition to a full-time role at AccuTemp much smoother.
Scott Anderson2016 Indiana Tech graduate
As an electrical engineer at CSE Corporation in Export, Pennsylvania, Scott knows his work is making a difference every day.
His accomplishments include designing printed circuit board assemblies for safety products like gas detectors, breathing apparatuses and remote monitoring systems. Not only do these products keep businesses running smoothly, but they are also used in underground coal mines around the world to help to keep the coal miners safe and prevent accidents that could lead to the loss of life.
While pursuing his degree at Indiana Tech, Scott cites the “real-world applications of the engineering skills we learned in the textbooks” along with “professors who have industry experience and truly care about their students’ success” as differences-makers in his education experience.
Ryan Cavender2016 Indiana Tech graduate
While Ryan was a biomedical engineering student at Indiana Tech, his internship at Quadrant Plastics in Fort Wayne made him confident that when he entered the workforce, he would be “ready to make an impact immediately.”
“Being an intern at Quadrant most importantly affected my confidence in engineering and solidified my knowledge that I gained during my time at Indiana Tech,” Ryan said. “There was a substantial amount of learning that occurred during my internship. However, there was never a task or assignment that I was not able to complete. Having industry experience before graduation was extremely crucial to my future success.”
Ryan is a product development engineer at BioPoly in Fort Wayne.
Marissa Kenney2018 Indiana Tech graduate
As a freshman at Indiana Tech, Marissa Kenney dreamed of being an engineer at Boeing—and in a short amount of time, she made it a reality. When identifying what prepared her best for her job at Boeing, Marissa attributes Indiana Tech’s hands-on team approach to coursework.
“The engineering program puts a large focus on working in teams to complete a project. Some might be frustrated with this, but I quickly learned that engineers must be able to work in groups during their career,” Marissa said. “Indiana Tech did a great job at not just making us work in groups, but teaching all of us how to be better leaders and team members.”
Marissa graduated from Indiana Tech with plenty of momentum. “Now that I have achieved what I thought to be a lifelong goal in a matter of a few years, I believe that anything is within reach.”