My name is Katelyn Dunaski and I am a senior studying Applied Engineering Science, with a concentration in Computer Science.
Since day one at Michigan State I have been presented with several incredible opportunities to be a leader and to grow as an engineer both in and outside the classroom. I am excited that this program will combine my knowledge, my leadership, and my passion to make a difference.
Academically, my degree has equip me with a global sense of how the world operates as a system. Our core classes have tied together our engineering and business disciplines narrowing our focus on the systems that are basic requirements for humans to live: food, energy, water, etc. In addition, I have taken both 300 level ISS and IAH with a focus on environmental ethics and how people interact with the environment. Through this program I can apply what I have learned and develop a hands on understanding of what these topics mean to the people of Costa Rica.
Professionally, I have worked in 7 industries, including extensive exposure to both manufacturing and IT environments. In Costa Rica I will be learning from peers and the local’s perspectives. This will be a challenge that will grow my social and technical perspective in the workplace.
Personally, like stated above, I want to make a difference. I want to be able to change people’s lives and be open to them changing mine. This program would be link for me between what I have learned in the classrooms of MSU and let me put them to action. This is the type of empowerment that I want to take into the workplace as I go forward to create solutions for people.