May 13, 2011
Student Profile: Alexis Rodriguez-Carlton
What did you enjoy most about your program?
I think what I enjoyed most about my program were the “ah-hah!” moments that would come from learning the technical explanation for a phenomenon that I had observed but not understood. I recall having several of those during my heat transfer class. For example, I had always noticed that in the winter a room with air at 60°F feels colder than the same room at the same temperature in the summer. What I learned, basically, was that the walls of the room are colder in the winter, and that, without affecting the air temperature, they are able to “steal” your heat. Since the walls are warmer in the summer, this does not happen.
What’s the most important thing you learned at Wentworth – what’s your biggest takeaway?
A more solid understanding of how the world works and an ability to use this knowledge to ease my passage. I now look at the world through different, more analytical, eyes.
What did you like best about co-op?
The co-op I enjoyed best was at Cyber Materials, a process control company, where I was an engineering co-op for 1.5 years. While there, I was able to improve my machine shop skills, my statistical analysis skills, my circuit design skills, and learned how to design printed circuit boards. Cyber Materials is a small company, so I never had any work that was not vital and necessary. I was given tasks to complete independently and my work was both respected and appreciated.
What are your future plans?
Since January, I have been a product development engineer at DURRIDGE Company, and I am happy there and see no reason to change positions. In the future, I may go to graduate school.
What’s your reaction to graduating from college?
Primarily, my reaction to graduation is a feeling of relief. For six years, I have been either working part-time and going to school full-time or working full-time and going to school part-time. It will be such a luxury not to juggle my professional work and my schoolwork. I also have a deep feeling of accomplishment. I feel that I set out to achieve a goal and not only did I achieve it, but I did it well.
Wentworth offers an outstanding education to those who wish to receive it. For a student like me who really wants to learn, this is a great place. The faculty are willing to take the time to ensure you understand the material, or to chat about the larger ramifications of what you are studying. The amount of time spent in laboratories is invaluable, and has left me with skills I use on a daily basis in my professional life. I have no regrets about choosing to attend Wentworth when I decided to return to school, and I can honestly say that what I have learned at Wentworth will help to enable me to have a happier and more fulfilling career.
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