Engineering field keeps PNC graduate challenged
February 14, 2013 2:58PM
Updated: March 16, 2013 6:21AM
When Crystal Evans earned her degree in mechanical engineering in May, the Purdue University North Central alum soon packed her belongings and headed to her new job in Victoria, Texas.
“I was fortunate to have six job offers from a mix of companies,” Evans said. “The decision to move was easy. I found a company I believed would utilize my recent education, unique abilities and enthusiasm as a catalyst for growth.”
Evans is working for INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications.
“This has exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision,” she said.
Evans took an interesting route to her position with INVISTA. She traveled to Victoria to interview with a different company. But, she had a chance meeting with an INVISTA employee.
Evans instantly recalled the words of PNC’s Larryl Matthews, professor of mechanical engineering. “He told us to never miss an opportunity to network.” So Evans mentioned she was seeking an entry-level engineering position and in return, she learned that INVISTA was hiring mechanical reliability engineers.
Before the conversation was over, Evans had already started the online application process on her smartphone. She was soon interviewing for the job.
The decision to move to Texas was not difficult. “I needed to find a company that both impressed and excited me. INVISTA delivered across the board. INVISTA’s cultural beliefs and market-based management business philosophy mirrors my personal beliefs and professional aspirations.”
Evans was hired as a mechanical reliability engineer, but soon accepted a new role as the Reliability Center coordinator and is responsible for the daily operations of one of the business units.
This is Evans’ second bachelor’s degree. In 2006 she earned a degree in business at PNC, but found she wanted more.
“When PNC adopted the mechanical engineering program I decided to return to school full time in 2009. I never want to stop learning and growing. I believe engineering is the perfect discipline to keep me challenged,” she explained.
She found what she was looking for in the mechanical engineering program. “The PNC program surpasses the expectations of many engineering programs. The experience and knowledge I gained have proven to be invaluable. I feel extremely proud to be a graduate from the PNC program and am grateful for the opportunity to share the classroom with so many wonderful professors,” said Evans.
She cited Matthews; Li Tan, associate professor of electrical engineering; and Aaron Warren, associate professor of physics, as her most influential professors.