Katelyn Lichte
Katelyn Lichte
Plant Operations Specialist - Emerging Leaders Program, DuPont Pioneer

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I grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota and recently graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. While attending school, I completed two internships and a co-op. My first internship was with Buhler (Plymouth, MN) where I was a mechanical engineering intern. I worked on process flow drawings and some small capital projects. My second internship was with the UMN - Medical Devices Center as a medical device intern. I worked through the entire design process (brainstorming all the way through clinical trials). My co-op was with Cargill at their Charlotte, NC plant. I worked as a production management engineer and helped with day to day maintenance and capital projects. While in college, I was also highly involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and held the role of Team Tech Director for two years. Through this position, I led a group of student engineers to work on technical projects given to us by local engineering companies (Medtronic, 3M, Ecolab, etc.). I have continued my membership with SWE at the professional level. I just started my first full-time (post graduation) job in rural Iowa for DuPont Pioneer as a plant operations engineer. I solve problems within the plant to ensure that it runs smoothly and most efficiently. In my free time, I'm an avid sports enthusiast (I play softball, volleyball and tennis) and I enjoy doing STEM outreach at the local schools.
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Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
Latest Questions
  • Abby E

    Added Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    I'm considering engineering as a possible program in college (I'm currently a junior) but I don't have any experience with engineering or robotics or programming. I've always excelled in math and science, and plan to take difficult courses in statistics, physics, and computer science next year (already been through calc 1 and 2). My draw to engineering is that it is highly lucrative as well as rewarding, I mean engineers can travel and actually change the world! I would really like to be in a ...
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    Katelyn Lichte, DuPont Pioneer
    Answered Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:34 AM
    Your question is very honest and one that I had asked myself before attending engineering school.  The answer is absolutely, you'll be okay.  I went into college with having absolutely zero engineering skills outside of the two advanced math classes that ...
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  • ren

    Added Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Can a kid still create a path without being in a robotics team that participates in these challenge events?
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    Katelyn Lichte, DuPont Pioneer
    Answered Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:24 AM
    Hello Ren,
    I just graduated from college with a degree in mechanical engineering.  I definitely don't think it's necessary for kids to get involved in specific engineering activities in their early education.  Growing up, my parents held working class ...
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  • Samantha Patrick

    Added Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:29 PM

    Hello, my name is Samantha Patrick from Thornburg Middle School, and currently are working on researching a career project. I am focusing my project on engineering, and I have a few questions that if you could please take your time to answer. Thanks, Sam. What classes in college helped you with your career? What do you find most enjoyable about engineering? Is there anything that specifically made you want to become an engineer? Where are you hoping to get to, with your career choice? Is ...
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    Katelyn Lichte, DuPont Pioneer
    Answered Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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    Hello Sam,
    I'd be happy to answer your questions.  First of all, I'm a mechanical engineering major now working at a seed (think corn/soybeans) production facility.
    There weren't any specific classes that helped me with my career but ...
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