Hilary Whiting

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 Virginia Tech Class of 2013 Engineering

I am Hilary Whiting

         

          I am Hilary Whiting an engineering Student at Virginia Polytechnic and State University planning on majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  I love both science and art which are both great assets to me in the engineering world.  I like to stay active by participating in sports such as softball and martial arts.  My passion for machines and engineering stems from growing up around cars and helping my dad with his household projects.  I have my goals set high, but I know that I will reach them and impact my corner of the world with my engineering degree.   

Why Do I Want to be an Engineer?

     I am not sure where my engineering degree will take me, but I am sure that I will never grow bored.

 

 

 

 

 

The following is a forum post written during the first month of my Freshmen year of college:
      I was drawn to engineering because of my love of art and science.  Engineering was the perfect way for me to meld my creativity with my problem solving ability.  I want to do something that makes others happy and still be able to wake up every morning and love my job.  I am excited about the endless doors that an engineering degree from Virginia Tech will open. 
 
The following is a forum post written at the end of the Fall Semester of my Freshmen year of college:
      I am excited for the next step in my engineering education, declaring my major.  Through the Engineering Research Seminar Class I took this semester I was exposed to many different applications of various engineering degrees.  This experience as well as my participation in undergraduate research has further confirmed my desire to become a Mechanical Engineer and pursue a career in a design based field.  The upperclassmen, professors, and advisors that I have gotten to know over the past few months have all been very helpful and helped me to ensure myself that Mechanical Engineering is what I want to pursue.  My undergraduate research has excited me about the design process by directly involving me in a real life engineering process.  When others question and doubt me with regards to my engineering major I can assure myself that I am doing precisely what I want to be doing and I do not let them bother me.

 

Hilary Whiting
CONTACT INFORMATION 
            Email: hilarypw@vt.edu
 
OBJECTIVE
  •  Obtain an internship for summer 2010 in a Mechanical Engineering position.
 
 EDUCATION
      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
      BS in Mechanical Engineering –expected graduation date May 2013
      Biomedical Undergraduate Research 2009
      Wilmington Christian High School
       Graduated June 2009
       Honor Roll
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
     Quanta Products LLC
      Part Time Employee, August 2002-2009

      Attended the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show as a representative from

      Quanta. 

      Assisted in launching a new product line 

      Sharpened efficiency and organization skills

 
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE
     Safetyville, Children’s Day Camp
     Counselor, 2006

         Responsible for 15 children

         Gained teamwork skills

 
AWARDS
  • Martin Luther King Junior Essay Contest Winner sponsored by the City of Wilmington, Delaware and DuPont
  • Scholastic Art Awards (3 Silver Keys)
 
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship-2009 to Present
  • Hypatia Engineering Living Community-2009 to Present
  • Member of Fabricators & Manufactures Association (FMA)-2009 to Present
  • Member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International- 2009 to Present
  •  4-H (2 Clubs) – 2002 to Present
  • Martial Arts- 2003 to Present
 
SKILLS
  • Work well in teams/groups
  • Creative
  • Quick learner
  • Communication
  • High ethical standards
  • Leadership

 

 

Below is the general outline of classes that I will take over the next four years in order to receive a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to these courses I will take eighteen credits to obtain a Green Engineering Minor and nine additional credits in Industrial Design.

 

Semester

First Year

I

II

ENGE 1024: Engineering Exploration

2

 

ENGE 1114: Engineering Exploration of Design

 

2

ENGL 1105: Freshman English

3

 

ENGL 1106: Freshman English

 

3

CHEM 1035: General Chemistry

3

 

CHEM 1045: Chemistry Lab

1

 

MATH 1205: Calculus

3

 

MATH 1206: Calculus

 

3

MATH 1114: Elementary Linear Algebra

2

 

MATH 1224: Vector Geometry

 

2

PHYS 2305: Foundations of Physics

 

4

Curriculum for Liberal Education Area 6/2

1

3

Total Required Credits (32 Credit Hours)

15

17

 

 

 

Second Year

I

II

ECE 3054: Electrical Theory

 

3

ENGE 2314: Engineering Problem Solving with C++

2

 

ESM 2104, 2204: Statics, Deformable Bodies

3

3

ESM 2304: Dynamics

 

3

ISE 2214: Manufacturing Processes

1

 

MATH 2224, 2214: Multivar. Calculus, Diff. Eq.

3

3

ME 2024: Intro to ME Design

3

 

ME 2124: Intro to Thermal Fluid Sciences

 

2

STAT 3704: Engineering Statistics

 

2

PHYS 2306: Foundations of Physics & Lab II

4

 

Total Required Credits (32 Credit Hours)

16

16

 

 

 

Third Year

I

II

ECE 3254: Industrial Electronics

3

 

ME 3514: System Dynamics

3

 

ME 3124: Thermodynamics

3

 

ME 3304: Heat Transfer

 

3

ME 3404: Fluid Mechanics

3

 

ME 3504 or 4504: Vibrations or Controls

 

3

ME 3614: Mechanical Design

3

 

ME 4005: ME Lab I

 

3

MSE 2034: Elements of Materials Science

 

3

Curriculum for Liberal Education Area 2/3

3

 

Technical Elective

 

3

Total Required Credits (33 Credit Hours)

18

15

 

   

Fourth Year

I

II

ME 4015, 4016: Capstone Design Course (Writing Intensive)

3

3

ME 4006: ME Lab II (Writing Intensive)

3

 

ME 4124 CAD of Fluid-Thermal Systems

3

 

Technical Electives

3

3

Technical Electives

3

3

Curriculum for Liberal Education Area 2/3

3

3

Area 7: Critical Issues in a Global Context

 

3

Total Required Credits (33 Credit Hours)

18

15

A total of 130 semester credits are required for graduation.

 

 

 

Ut Prosim

That I May Serve

As a Hokie I take great pride in Virginia Tech's Legacy of service.  I have volunteered through many organizations from the first Lego League Robotics to the local Humane Society.  Often service is thought of as giving to others, but I have greatly benefited from my service experiences.  Service is not only a way to gain new experiences, but also a process by which I have learned about myself, my community, and my world.  Service is an invaluable part of the college experience at Virginia Tech and I plan to continue the schools legacy of service long after I graduate. 

 2009 Marine Mud Run 

Sponsored by the U.S. Marines. A charity event raising money for Toys for Tots and Camp Roanoke.

 

The Marine Mud Run is held annually to benefit Toys for Tots and Camp Roanoke

The Marine Mud Run is a great way to serve the community and experience a small part of Marine Training.  The benefit 5K sends the participants on a military style run featuring a river wading section, a run through muddy terrain, and a muddy army crawl finish. 

 

 

The Humane Society of Montgomery County takes care of dogs and cats that would otherwise be left to fend for themselves.  These animals are then put up for adoption in hopes that they will find a loving home.   As a volunteer I helped to socialize the animals.  Human contact and interaction is a key part of preparing the animals for life in a family home.
 

 

 

I assisted five different agencies and organizations this semester including First Lego League, the Humane Society of Montgomery County, the Marine Mud Run, Student Engineer’s Council, and Relay for Life. The contact information for the First Lego League is Jessica Piness and she can be reached at (843)-469-3821. The contact for the Humane Society of Montgomery County is Erin Hall who can be reached at (540) 798-3897.  My contact for the Marine Mud Run is Barbara Lawson who can be reached at (434)610-8805. The contact information for the Student Engineer’s Council is Lynn Nystrom who can be reached at (540)808-4472. My Relay for Life contact is Lauren Gibboney who can be reached at (757)613-1330.
                I chose to help these agencies because I support their causes or enjoy their events myself. During my service I collected money door to door for with my Relay for Life team, completing one hour of community service. I spent four of my ten service hours at the Humane Society of Montgomery County. While there, I walked dogs and socialized the animals. I performed two hours of service helping build the courses for the First Lego League Robotics competition. At Engineering Expo I spent two hours helping with the company check-in. I handed out complementary clipboards to the company representatives. I also took on a side role greeting the companies as they came to check in, answering questions and directing them to the check in table. My last hour of service was performed by running a charity 5K at the Marine Mud Run to benefit the local Camp Roanoke and Toys for Tots.  I completed ten hours of service total.   
                I learned several new skills and gained great knowledge about those who I helped. I was educated about many different organizations that I had never come into contact with before my service experience. The Marine Mud Run taught me endurance and team work as well as educating me about the local Camp Roanoke. Through my service at the Student Engineer’s Council’s Engineering Expo I gained experience interacting with companies. My experience volunteering at the expo has prepared me for interviews in the future. I was also able to learn about the wide variety of corporations that hire engineers. I learned a lot about team work and was educated on many great causes such as Relay for Life’s strives to find a cure for cancer.  I truly enjoyed my service experience and appreciate all that I learned.    
                I plan on continuing my service with Relay for Life through the team that I recently joined. Last year one of my high school teachers was diagnosed for breast cancer and she is one of the main reasons that I want to continue to volunteer with Relay for Life. I would also like to continue service with the humane society, because I believe that socializing shelter animals is important and helps prepare them for life in a home.   I plan on participating in the Marine Mud Run again next year; because I believe that it is important to support local organizations like Camp Roanoke. 
                 As a Hokie I believe it is important to perform service within a community. 

 

 

Professional Engineer Interview

       When I was trying to decide who I wanted to interview about their engineering career the choice was obvious.  I chose to interview my dad, because he was one of the greatest influences in my decision to become an engineer.   He is a chemical engineer employed by DuPont, but he does not use his engineering degree in the typical lab work sense.  I wanted to learn more about his career path and job because he uses his degree in the business side of the cooperation.  The engineering principles he has learned in addition to his wealth of knowledge in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering have made him an invaluable asset to his employer.  His insight has truly excited me about the possibilities that become available to me with an engineering degree. 

 

 Professional Engineer Interview

1.      First and last name, work phone number, and work email address?
Gary Whiting, (302)999-6101, gary.k.whiting@usa.dupont.com
2.      Engineering degree earned and from where?
PhD Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
3.      Current job title and employer? 
Global Market Manager – Plastics, DuPont Titanium Technologies
4.      What is a brief description of his/her current job?
 He is responsible for the health of titanium dioxide products sold into the global plastics market. He assures customer satisfaction, including the quality of manufacture, on time delivery, and package quality.
5.      Key steps along his/her career path? 
His first key step was working as a Process Development Engineer at DuPont. This job allowed him to be involved with research and development, and process development. The next key step in his carrier was his move to the Johnsonville, Tennessee titanium dioxide manufacturing plant where he became a Process Assistant and worked on Process Innovations. After three years he was transferred the Central Research and Development Facility and Business headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. There he was promoted to a Research Fellow, which is the highest level of Research and Development within the Titanium Dioxide Business. He looked for new challenges and became the Market Development Manager for Nano TIO2, in the development of a new product, Nano TIO2.   Next, he was promoted to Venture Manager for Nano TIO2, where he commercially launched the new product. This job was his largest marketing role within the company. In 2008 he became a product manager for TIO2 plastics, within DuPont.
6.      Any advice to share with you as a first-year engineering student?  “Hard work and determination is the key to success. Collaboration with others in solving problems I very important. Understanding what has been done before when attempting to solve a problem is essential. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Be creative.” 
7.      How has your engineering education benefited you in your current job? 
“Understanding how products are manufactured, and problem solving without always needing to involve others so that the customer can be rapidly satisfied. Engineering opened doors so that I could take interesting jobs, along my career path.   An engineering degree provides credibility.” 
8.      Do you feel that having an engineering degree has allowed you more opportunities in life?
 “Absolutely, I was able to start my own small business with my engineering knowledge and the approach to problem solving that it provides.”  
9.      Why did you first want to become an engineer?
 “I had attained a bachelors of science in chemistry and decided that I thought that I would be more interested in chemical engineering. I wanted to take small scale processes and make them into large scale processes. My undergraduate school did not have engineering and when I converted to engineering I had to take all of the engineering core courses and math. Then I decided that I wanted to work with larger scale processes and equipment.”
10. What is your favorite part of your job? 
Creating, inventing, and innovating.
11. How has your engineering background helped you become successful in life?
 “It has provided a good consistent income, I provided me with a career, great benefits, and a skill set that allows me to tackle any problems and new jobs that come my way. There is nothing that someone can throw at me and I can’t handle.”  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Activities

     I am involved with many activities both in my hometown and at Virginia Tech. 

 

InterVarsity

     I attend Intervarsity Christian Fellowship activities weekly.  Intervarsity has allowed me to network, form strong bonds with my peers, and strengthen my morals.

 

InterVarsity social activities promote alternatives to partying.  The picture above is from shaving cream whiffleball game.

InterVarsity volleyball tournament.

 

Hypatia

      Hypatia is the Virginia Tech female engineering living community.  Members of the community participate in many social and academic activities through the program encouraging good study habits and creating networking opportunities amongst its members.

 

Hypatians before the first home football game.

Hypatia promotes strong bonds between peers. 

 

Softball

I have been playing softball since the age of five.  It allows me to stay healthy and helps me develop team work skills.  I also have participated on recreational teams where I was able to practice my leadership skills by teaching younger girls how to play the sport I love. 

I have played soft ball at various different levels over the years. 

Martial Arts

     I have been taking martial arts since the eighth grade.  Since then I have risen to the rank of second degree black belt.  Martial arts has transformed me from a shy introvert to an outgoing extravert.  Karate has also instilled in me many virtues such as honesty, self control, self discipline, courage, and commitment. Martial arts has prepared me for life in countless ways.

 

This picture is of my brother and me when I was at the rank of probationary black belt.  At this rank I received the honor of Top Probationary Black Belt giving me a leadership role amongst the lower ranks and my peers.  I am currently a second degree black belt.