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Engineering Success Stories

Meet our Engineering Technology and Engineering Management Alums and Students

In the profiles featured below, meet alumni and students from the civil, electrical and mechanical engineering technology programs as well as the Master of Science in engineering management program. These alumni and students discuss why they chose Point Park University and talk about their experiences with course work, class sizes, faculty and student interaction, campus life and how earning or pursuing a degree is helping them to reach their career goals.

Alumni Profiles

Pictured is Brandy Miller, 2013 civil engineering technology alumna and civil engineer trainee for PennDOT. | Photo by Jim Judkis Brandy Miller

B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology, 2013
Civil Engineer Trainee, PennDOT Engineering District 11

"Point Park University had the evening classes I needed to move forward in my career. Immediately after graduating, I qualified for the civil engineer trainee position and was interviewing within a few months!"

"The civil engineering technology program at Point Park covered all the different types of civil engineering including environmental, geotechnical, structural and development of water resources. By learning these concepts in such a thorough manner, it made me feel confident I could pursue any of these different disciplines."




Pictured is M.S. in engineering management alumna, Kenny Casado. Kenny Casado

M.S. in Engineering Management, 2010
Customer Operations Engineer, BodyMedia, Inc.

"Point Park had an affordable tuition program and the Master of Science in Engineering Management program had all the classes I was interested in and more. I also had the chance to take some M.B.A. classes as well."

"Also, Point Park welcomed international students, therefore, I knew that the University had a multicultural student and faculty body. It was good to not feel alone and know that other people were having similar experiences as me."





Pictured is mechanical engineering technology alum Alan Young. Alan Young

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology, 2012
Pipeline Integrity Engineer, Det Norske Veritas

"Point Park was integral in helping me land my dream job with a really dynamic company. With the solid mechanical engineering education I received, I was a competitive player in a very tight job market."

"I believe engineering class work does not lend itself to big 300-person classrooms. Point Park’s small class sizes helped me get to know my professors and learn the material extremely well."





Pictured is civil engineering technology alumnus Nicole Perry. Nicole Perry

B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology, 2008
Civil Engineer Supervisor, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

"Point Park has prepared me for my career in many ways. One way is that Point Park taught me the basic fundamentals in the field of civil engineering. Attending college while working full time taught me useful time management skills.  Without these skills, I would not survive in the fast-paced industry of civil engineering."

"Point Park has also assisted me in effectively communicating with others. Lastly, Point Park provided me with a network of good people who I still communicate with on professional and personal levels. Many of my classmates work with me at PennDOT."



Pictured is engineering management alumnus Arthur Chileshe. Arthur Chileshe

B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, 2007
M.S. in Engineering Management, 2010
Distribution Designer, Duquesne Light Company

"Funny enough, one of my best experiences during my undergraduate studies was when my classmates and I would be in the labs until 9 or 10 p.m. at night trying to figure out how to solve a problem. We had great relationships with our professors who took the time to explain difficult concepts to us but also made the classes fun."

"As a graduate student, I enjoyed the Master of Science in engineering management program, which introduced me to the project management side of engineering and truly rounded out my education."



Pictured is Graham Ferry, civil engineering technology and engineering management alumnus. Graham Ferry

B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology, 2002
M.S. in Engineering Management, 2004
Civil Engineering Project Manager, L.R. Kimball

"I chose Point Park for a number of reasons. I found the class sizes and student-to-faculty ratios to be very attractive. I knew that I would have easy access to my professors and that I would continue to see a lot of familiar faces as I navigated my way towards my degrees."

"My company was very supportive of my desire to excel in my career, and they assisted me greatly when I enrolled at Point Park and throughout my journey there.  Based on the training and education I received at Point Park, I have grown from the position of draftsman to that of civil engineering project manager."


Pictured is civil engineering technology and engineering management alum Chas Ainsworth. Chas Ainsworth

B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology, 2006
M.S. in Engineering Management, 2010
Facility Project Management Engineer, FedEx Ground

“My parents always pushed education as a key to success. I chose to study civil engineering technology at Point Park based on its diverse student population, transfer credit acceptance, flexible class schedule and student-to-instructor ratio.”

"I plan to use my master’s degree to the fullest. My goal is to combine what I've learned in the classroom with my people skills to be in a manager position within the next five years. Most definitely, my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology was the catalyst that I needed to embark in the engineering field."





Pictured are electrical engineering technology students Charles Frederick and Eric Carper. Eric Carper and Charles Frederick

B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, 2009
Electrical Engineering Technologists, Eaton Corporation

These two electrical engineering technology graduates credit their senior design project with providing real-world experience, professional contacts and ultimately job offers.

“It was a great experience,” says Carper. “Twelve weeks isn’t very long, and we went down to the wire getting it done, staying after hours as we needed. But the project turned out really well."

"Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get to work because the class is hard and demanding," Frederick explains. "However, it will be worth it in the end."

Pictured is electrical engineering technology student Melissa Englert. Melissa Englert

B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, 2012
System designer, System One Services (contractor for Westinghouse Electric Company)


“Throughout high school my father encouraged me to pursue engineering. I decided to go the route of electrical engineering after learning about it in physics class.”

“I wanted to attend a school where the teachers know the students and vice versa. I also really liked the financial aid and scholarships that Point Park offered. Engineering is a very rewarding and challenging field. It is a field in which you are learning new things all of the time, so you really never get bored."




Pictured is mechanical engineering technology student Rob Fausnaught. Rob Fausnaught

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology, 2011
Automation Engineer, Eaton Corporation


"I knew that Point Park had a reputable engineering program that caters to non-traditional students like myself.  The wide variety of courses available in the evenings, along with the convenient location made the decision pretty easy."

"I was part of a senior design team that worked with Eaton to showcase their variable frequency drive system. That experience also introduced me to several contacts, including employees who are both current and former Point Park engineering students.  The next thing I knew, someone was pointing out a job opening they thought I would be a perfect candidate for, and the rest is history."



Pictured civil engineering technology and engineering management alumnus John Frydrych. John Frydrych

B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology, 1991
M.S. in Engineering Management, 2003
Civil Engineering Consultant and Eastern Regional Manager, R.A. Smith National, Inc.

"The course work at Point Park offered practical, real world engineering in a field that interested me, civil engineering.  The Master of Science degree offered advanced study and better prepared me for advancement as a consulting engineer where overall project management, oversight of staff and budget tracking are most important."

"Being a full-time student in a non-traditional setting and working with practicing professionals offered a unique environment to learn."



Pictured is electrical engineering technology alumnus Joseph Reutzal. Joseph Reutzal

B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, 2005
Product Safety Engineering, Anasaldo STS

“I chose Point Park because of the smaller class size and because they offered me scholarships.  Also, they had a transfer agreement that ensured that all the course work I took at community college would apply to my degree. I really loved Point Park. The hands-on training I got was very impressive."






Student Profiles

Pictured is electrical engineering technology student Andrew Czopek, who landed an internship with GAI Consultants. | Photo by Jim Judkis Andrew Czopek

Major: Electrical Engineering Technology
Internship: GAI Consultants, Inc.
Expected Graduation: December 2014


"I knew several people who either graduated from Point Park or were attending the University at the time I was deciding where to study. They told me about the smaller classes. I also heard the electrical engineering technology program was good so it seemed like a smart choice."

"I am truly grateful Point Park and GAI provided me with this opportunity to get some experience out in the work force in my field of study. It’s been a great experience so far and has really given me a look at what the future holds after graduation."


Pictured is Jacob Rumski, a mechanical engineering technology senior and intern for Trinculo's Attic. | Photo by Chris Rolinson Jacob Rumski

Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology
Internship: Trinculo's Attic
Expected Graduation: May 2014


"I chose this major and Point Park because the professors are brilliant, the class sizes are small and the location isn’t far from home. Being that I have to commute, it is perfect. The small class sizes allow for more one-on-one time with professors rather than a lecture hall scenario where I would be just another number in the crowd."

"This internship has given me knowledge as to how to work in a team to reach set goals. I work alongside my boss on projects and what I am tasked with has given me a good bit of experience that I can take into the field of engineering after I graduate."


Pictured is William Schuk, an electrical engineering technology student who interned for Bayer Corporation. | Photo by Jim Judkis William Schuk

Major: Electrical Engineering Technology
Internship: Bayer Corporation
Expected Graduation: December 2014


"Dr. Keller and Professor Kruth are very knowledgeable. They both genuinely care if students understand the material and will work one-on-one with those who need help. I believe Point Park is lucky to have them as part of their engineering faculty."

"This internship will help me reach my career goals because I am gaining valuable industry experience. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work done in the engineering world that cannot be taught in a classroom, and I believe this experience will give me an edge in finding a job after I graduate."


Pictured is M.S. in engineering management student Fenil Patel. Fenil Patel

Major: M.S. in Engineering Management
Internship: Allpoint Systems
Graduated: December 2012


"I chose Point Park for four good reasons. I can complete the M.S. in engineering management degree in as little as five semesters, the cost of tuition is reasonable, the class sizes are small, and last but not least, Point Park is in the City of Pittsburgh, which is known for technology."

"Point Park’s engineering management program has done a great job in appointing professors with actual experience in the field they teach, giving them the ability to share their real-life experiences directly with the students."



Pictured is electrical engineering and mechanical engineering technology student Ryan Alm. Ryan Alm

Double major: Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Internship: Lechtzer, Inc.
Expected graduation: December 2014



"The engineering technology faculty members at Point Park are very knowledgeable and helpful. All of the professors teach the material very clearly and do a great job of preparing students with the knowledge needed to succeed after school."

"Point Park University has been a great experience for me. The professors are very helpful and I feel confident I will be successful after I graduate from Point Park."



Pictured is electrical engineering and mechanical engineering technology student Greg Harbison. Greg Harbison

Double major: Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Internship: Continental Design and Management Group
Expected graduation: December 2014


"I chose Point Park because it was close to home and offered small classes, which meant plenty of one-on-one time with professors if needed. Point Park turned out to be a great choice, and I couldn't be happier."

"I'd have to say the one-on-one time with professors and staff has been the best. They have great availability and are always willing to answer any questions I have. The night and weekend classes are great too. The students in my classes are always very mature."




Pictured is electrical engineering technology alumnus and engineering management student Vasilii Savtchouk. Vasilii Savtchouk

Major: M.S. in Engineering Management
B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, 2011
Electrical Engineer, Westinghouse Electric Company
Expected graduation: December 2013

"My veteran benefits allowed me to go to any school of my choice as long as I completed a degree within 48 months."

"However, the small class sizes at Point Park really appealed to me.  I was impressed with the faculty-to-student ratio and how 12 is the maximum number of students in an engineering technology class.  I wanted to get the most out of my education and know what I needed to know."


Meet Jim Bloom, Electrical Engineering Technology Student