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Internship Stories

Internships form a crucial part of the education and training of an engineer. Here is a look at several recent Wheaton engineering student internships.

Nathan CruzNathan Cruz (’18, Electrical) – Nathan spent his summer working on “advanced engineering projects” in the fuel management unit of the Stant Corporation, a supplier to the automotive industry. He participated in design, testing, and general product engineering activities.



Bernardo GarciaBernardo Garcia (’19, Mechanical) – Alex worked in Panama with industrial engineers at Grupo Motta Services.  The team he worked with provides clients with “best practice” standardized processes for application to operations at multiple facilities, thereby helping their clients achieve goals.



Tanner GunnTanner Gunn (’17, Mechanical) – Tanner's internship was with GE Appliance.  This followed his previous summer's internship where he worked on New Product Introduction, helping to apply statistics and engineering to improve products and resolve ‘problems.’ (Look for “Opal Ice” to be on the market soon.)



Margaret Schuh Margaret Schuh (’20, Mechanical) – This past summer Magaret took on an internship with the Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) in Baltimore, MD.  She is shown with a high school intern (recall that engineers work in teams) disassembling a vehicle for delivery to a high school.  Margaret states, “I had the chance to move between different parts of each process, working with engineers, machinists, and technicians, in the offices and in the machine shop, wherever extra hands were needed.”  In addition, she reports that she has, “been learning the computer design program SolidWorks to model parts and assemblies, and working in the machine shop.  Using SolidWorks, I designed and modeled watercraft and related equipment for several different projects.”


Peter Terjanian Peter Terjanian (’17, Mechanical) – During his internship at Globus Medical, a leading musculoskeletal implant manufacturer in Pennsylvania, Peter sat in on meetings with surgeons, observed surgeons performing implants (on cadavers), and participated in an FDA approval process.  Peter states, “Every day, I am met with a challenge that either affirms what I have learned in my education at IIT or Wheaton or teaches me something new that I would not have been able to learn in the academic setting. It is incredible to be a part of a company that is improving the quality of life of their customers and it is certainly firming up my aspirations for the future in medical engineering.”


Tim KartawijayaTim Kartawijaya (’19, Civil) – At home in Indonesia for the summer, Tim built his experience by shadowing a developer working on a number of projects.  He was involved with work on an office building and a project to prevent landslides by a river.



Stephan KnoerrStephan Knoerr (’19, Aerospace) – Stefan interned at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in their Global IT division. His assignments allowed him to improve his coding skills and gain experience in system design and data analysis.




Trevor LeachTrevor Leach  (’18, Civil) – Early in the summer Trevor was in Israel with the Thunder basketball team. He then worked with the Elk Grove Village staff engineer in their Community Development department, helping to review building permit applications and plans, survey sites, and inspect new construction in the village.



Meryl VannoyMeryl Vannoy  (’17, Chemical) – Meryl enjoyed her summer break from the University of Nebraska by serving in an internship with Black and Veatch in Overland, KS.  She worked with a unit that is engaged in industrial wastewater treatment for Co-generation and coal-fired power plants.



Stephen YonkeStephen Yonke (’17, Aerospace) – An ROTC cadet in Wheaton’s Thunder Battalion, Stephen spent the summer volunteering in the Department of Aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he assisted in the study of quiet propeller design.