UGA College of Engineering connects students with industry

Student talks with an employerThe University of Georgia College of Engineering hosted an Engineering Career and Internship event this week in order to foster relationships between students and employers. An estimated 312 engineering students met with industry professionals from 57 businesses, representing eight states and 19 Georgia cities.  The companies ranged from civil, mechanical, environmental and biological engineering firms, to utility companies, government entities, and more.

“We were very pleased with the turnout from both students and employers,” said Donald Leo, dean of the UGA College of Engineering. “The outstanding response speaks to the quality of education at our college, the faculty who are preparing students for a future in engineering, and the interest that potential employers have in our program. We look forward to continuing to cultivate the critical, symbiotic relationships between students, the college, and business and industry.”

Thomas Huelsnitz, an engineering graduate student from Homerville, said, “This career event provided me an open forum to talk with numerous potential career contacts. I spoke with one company I likely would not have pursued on my own. I quickly learned that my skill set and interests intersect with some of their job offerings. This interaction wouldn’t have happened were it not for this event.”

David Miller, a project engineer for the Pond & Company, an architectural engineering firm in Atlanta, and a UGA engineering alumnus, commented, “We really appreciated being invited to take part in UGA’s College of Engineering Career and Internship Night. What a great opportunity to meet the talent from the college. We were very impressed with the students we met. Being a Georgia-based firm, we are excited to form an alliance with UGA’s emerging engineering program. We look forward to continuing to support and participate in this event.”

“We have several objectives in offering a career and internship session,” said Kelley Saussy, the college’s director of experiential programs, who was responsible for organizing the event. “First, we want to promote the high caliber of students and programming at our college to industry leaders in the engineering field. Next, we want to connect our students with companies that are recruiting for internships, co-ops and full-time positions.  Additionally, we want to provide our students with opportunity to hone their interview and communication skills with potential employers.”

Saussy added the college will have a similar event this fall.  Employers in attendance included:

  1. AAI
  2. AIG
  3. Armentrout Matheny Thurmond
  4. Baldor Electric
  5. Baxter International
  6. Burns & McDonnell
  7. Carter & Sloope, Inc.
  8. Caterpillar Inc.
  9. CIA
  10. Cianbro Corporation
  11. DELOITTE (Deloitte Services LP)
  12. DLB Associates
  13. Duke TIP
  14. Dynamic Environmental Associates
  15. Eaton Corporation
  16. Engineered Architectural Systems
  17. Engineering Management, Inc.
  18. GE Power & Water
  19. Georgia Department of Transportation
  20. Helena Industries
  21. Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
  22. Huber Engineered Woods, LLC.
  23. Hulsey McCormick & Wallace
  24. Interdiem
  25. Interfor
  26. Joe Powell and Associates
  27. John Deere Augusta
  28. Jordan and Skala Engineers
  29. Kubota
  30. LioChem, Inc.
  31. Martin Sprocket & Gear
  32. MetroPower, Inc.
  33. Michael Baker International
  34. Noramco, Inc.
  35. One3 Design, Inc.
  36. Pardot/
  37. Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc.
  38. PepsiCo
  39. POND & Company
  40. PowerPlan
  41. PwC
  42. SaaSOptics
  43. SCANA
  44. Sealed Air Corporation
  45. Sems Technologies
  46. Shaw Industries
  47. Southern Company
  48. SteelFab, Inc.
  49. TIC – The Industrial Company
  50. Toyota Industries
  51. Travis Pruitt & Associates, Inc.
  52. Triad Construction Consultants LLC
  53. Turner Construction Company
  54. United States Postal Service (USPS)
  55. US Lumber
  56. Williams & Associates
  57. Wolverton & Associates, Inc.

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