Women in Engineering
Samantha White splits her time between mechanical engineering, where she is the best machinist on the Baja SAE team, and the university’s cheerleading squad. A member of a variety of clubs and the Tree House learning village executive council, Sam has tried to get involved in all aspects of the TTU community. She says that bouncing between such different groups has helped her become well rounded.
She has always loved physics and math, and fell in love with Tennessee Tech while accompanying her older brother on a campus visit. When she returned for her own tour, she spent two hours talking to the dean of the College of Engineering.
This summer, she is working on an internship with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Navyashree Raghoji grew up with a toy stethoscope around her neck and plans to be a doctor in her head. Then she toured several plants, including Toyota, where a female mechanical engineer let her help paint car parts.
A calculus teacher encouraged her to check out Tennessee Tech’s College of Engineering. She was impressed by the small class sizes and individual attention that she, and her classmates, got from the moment they stepped on campus. She got involved in a variety of engineering clubs and organizations, where she held several leadership positions.
She got a co-op position working in Nissan’s process engineering department that turned into a full-time job after she graduated.
Nastasia Allred discovered a love for chemistry in high school, and decided chemical engineering was right for her. TTU’s dedicated faculty helped her feel comfortable on campus, and she says she has made great friends here.
She is quick to tell people that even though the classes are hard, knowing TTU engineers can change the world makes the challenges rewarding. She is interested in the pharmaceutical industry, and has been talking to a TTU professor about research to discover how to stop cancer from spreading. Over the summer, she takes graduate-level classes for the BS/MS fast-track program. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she will be able to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering in one year.