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Michelle Oyen

Materials Science and Engineering

Reader in Bioengineering at the University of Cambridge, UK


"I am a Reader (mid-way between Assoc. and Full Prof) in Bioengineering at the University of Cambridge, UK.   University of Cambridge is  a crazy over 800 year old university town steeped in tradition and pageantry that is at the same time a leading European university for STEM fields."

"MSU was a fantastic place to study engineering as a young woman."

Rachael Dalian standing with her arms in the air in front of the Eifle Tower

Rachael Dalian

Applied Engineering Sciences

Senior Supply Analyst at Kohler Company


"I learn new things everyday as I’m given opportunities where I can leave my comfort zone and challenge myself. Six months into my job I was asked to take an expat assignment living and working in Paris, France."

"My educational background through AES has inspired me to continue my education. Working full time and going to school in the evenings isn’t easy, but MSU prepared me well for that too as I had 4 years of mastering time management and a work-life balance."

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Tricia Gordon

Applied Engineering Sciences

Engineering Project Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific


"What I like most about my current role is the fact that every day is different and thought-provoking.  The products and technology that my company works with are exciting and help make the world a better place."

"MSU helped me grow as a person overall.  It gave me a base of knowledge to bring into my first role, and the tools and mindset to know how to quickly learn and apply my knowledge on the job."

Photos of Rachelle EmerlingRachelle Emerling

Applied Engineering Sciences

Product Engineer at Federal Mogul Lighting Division


"You can do whatever you want to do if you work hard.  There will always be obstacles in your way, and maybe things don't always work out the way you intended but never give up your dream."

"I would not be where I am today without the help and support of the career center, professors, additional class resources,  study groups and my academic advisor."