Lauren White

Lauren White

Associate Systems Engineer
Cisco Systems
IL, United States
Lauren White
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Hi! I have a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in power and energy systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this December 2013 and I have a deep passion for technology and helping others. I assisted the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at my university with a video designed to empower and encourage local elementary and high school girls to become engineers by providing insight on the endless opportunities available. I also teach Engineering 100 which is a freshmen introductory course to engineering.I am also involved with the Morrill Engineering Program at my university. Changing the way the world views women professionally is one of my most biggest goals and engineering allows me to get a closer grab at it. I have a new career that awaits me as an Associate Systems Engineer for Cisco Systems that begins immediately after graduation. I am very outgoing and friendly and would love to answer any questions. I thank Jesus for guiding my way.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
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Answers by Lauren White

Hi Dani,

One thing is for sure, Electrical Engineering is a very flexible program of study. I, for instance, have interned for a few different companies, all of which, I did NOT sit at a desk all day. My current position, which is my first full time job since I graduated this past December 2013, is within sales, as an associate systems engineer. It is a really interpersonal and people oriented position which I enjoy. Engineers often come off as being very introverted, but I am a very outgoing young woman and there is a real need for outgoing engineers. You will always be able to find a job that fits your personality in engineering. 

I hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to learn more about the different opportunities out there.

Hi Jem,

Engineering might easily require you to study about 8 hours a day. This is because your homework will generally consist of problems that cannot be done in an hour or two. The problems usually require review of the lecture notes for that week, in addition to reading and studying the book. So, in short, engineering can be difficult, but if you work hard, it will be worth it.