I earned my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. I was fortunate enough to find the co-op program, where students are given opportunities to work as engineers while they complete their degree. It gave me hands-on experience that proved invaluable after graduation. It also helped me meet other engineers. After graduation, I began working as a Project Engineer for Baxter Healthcare. My job was to improve automated manufacturing processes by upgrading existing equipment and bringing in new technology. Even though my degree was in mechanical engineering, the job taught me a lot about electrical engineering and equipment programming. I loved working on projects and traveling. Since then, I have had children, and I decided to take a few years away from engineering. Because of my skills in math, science, and communication, I was able to quickly scoop up a job as an elementary school teacher. I have used my engineering background to bring technology into classrooms. I also share my problem solving skills with students. Now that my kids are a little older, I'm excited to get back into engineering. I can't wait to see where it will take me next!