UA Engineering Graduates Go Anywhere and Everywhere
There's no telling where a degree from the University of Arizona College of Engineering will take you. But we can tell you where it’s taken some of our 25,000 alumni.
Coal Mine to Boardroom
Coal miner’s daughter Barb Filas was one of the first women to graduate from UA mining engineering. Working on projects across six continents, she climbed from the Illinois coal mines to the boardroom of a global mining firm, becoming the first woman to serve as president of Geovic Mining Corp. as well as the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.
Programming from Afar
Caitlin Schnitzer splits her time between drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s North Slope working on “huge marvels of technology.” The field engineer went right to work programming and monitoring equipment for Schlumberger after she earned a BS in chemical and environmental engineering in 2013.
Sculptor and Entrepreneur
Patrick Marcus, whose sculptures featuring solar-powered light decorate his city, harnessed the power of his BS in electrical engineering and PhD in biomedical engineering to found a startup that makes medical devices. The 2014 Tucson, Arizona, Man of the Year works tirelessly with business and academic groups to support other entrepreneurs.
Power to the People
David Hutchens, CEO of Tucson Electric Power, is committed to solar power and energy efficiency. Hutchens started out with dreams of becoming a pilot then followed a BS in aerospace engineering with five years as a naval submarine officer, resurfacing at the UA a few years later to earn an MBA.
Out of This World Career
His passion for science and engineering began with putting pond mud under the microscope and building dune buggies. That fascination carried Don Pettit, who earned his doctorate in chemical engineering at the UA in 1978, into orbit for a cumulative 370 days, making him the United States’ fourth-most experienced spacefarer.
Young Chemical Engineer of 2015
On the clock, Laura-Ann Chin designs pharmaceutical facilities. Off the clock, she works with several organizations to support women in engineering. Chin, who was named a 2015 AIChE Young Chemical Engineer, earned a BS at the UA and an MS from Villanova before joining Philadelphia-based Jacobs Engineering.
Beyond Paper vs. Pixel
Sherisse Hawkins, Walt Disney Imagineer turned Time-Warner Cable software development VP turned startup co-owner, helped break the high-tech glass ceiling for women. Her company, Beneath the Ink, is advancing e-book technology. Hawkins earned a BS in chemical engineering at the UA and an MS in engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Dreaming Big: Asteroid Mining
Chris Lewicki believes in doing the impossible. He earned BS and MS degrees in aerospace engineering at the UA before becoming senior flight systems engineer at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, flight director for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and Phoenix Mars Lander missions, and president of asteroid mining company Planetary Resources.
Software Developer Up to Speed
David Crowe got a Commodore VIC-20 for Christmas in 1979 and has been captivated by computers ever since. The electrical engineering graduate and co-founder and president of Tucson Embedded Systems, a leader in software and systems development, was named the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Man of the Year in 2014.
Microsoft Engineer at the Top
Kurt DelBene, who as a Microsoft executive has kept thousands of engineers on track and as a presidential advisor has overseen efforts to fix the U.S. healthcare.gov website, received a BS in industrial engineering from the UA and MS degrees in operations research and business administration from Stanford and the University of Chicago.
Automation for Acrobats
Phillip Toussaint‘s computer code moves the scenery, props, and other gear that make magic for Cirque du Soleil and other extravaganzas. The 2010 computer engineering graduate’s job with Stage Technologies, based in Las Vegas, has taken him to Canada, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
Star Swimmer, Rhodes Scholar
UA swimmer Justine Schluntz – who was named NCAA Woman of the Year and Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010 – knows something about fluid dynamics. It was the topic of her PhD, which she earned as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University after receiving a BS in mechanical engineering at the UA.
Landing dream jobs and doing good for humanity
“Year after year, UA students are recognized within Honeywell as highly motivated and enthusiastic employees bringing fresh ideas to the workplace.”Julie Riccitello, Honeywell strategic product development
“We hire people from the UA because they are high producers.”Nate Morgan, Lockheed-Martin, Denver, recruitment
Salt River Project
“UA students are so well versed. They are not just focused on solving technical problems, but on understanding the broader issues.”Herjinda Hawkins, Salt River Project recruitment
“We have 1,500 UA alumni working at Raytheon.”Cindy Klingberg, Raytheon Missile Systems program management excellence
Some of the top companies in the world recruit regularly at the University of Arizona and College of Engineering job fairs; through participation in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Program; and as members of College industry advisory boards, alumni groups and the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
See Industry Partners/Grad Schools for lists of potential employers and grad schools.