Today we have another look at a past ECC staff member! Wes graduated from NCSU this past spring with a major in chemical engineering and a minor in biomanufacturing. Read on to see what he is up to now.

What I wish I knew before college: “That you don’t have to have it all planned out at the beginning. I changed disciplines early in my college career and am far better off because of it. College is as much about learning about yourself as it is learning coursework. Make sure you stay relaxed and find time to figure out what you really enjoy. College offers more flexibility than advertised and so many opportunities if you are motivated enough to seek out what you want.”

Important skills learned in college: “How to problem solve in a more effective way. Engineering isn’t just about learning chemistry or physics; it’s also about learning how to solve complex problems by breaking them down into the key components and working through them one by one in a logical manner.”

Job: “I work on the technical team for GSK (Pharmaceutical Manufacturer) at a manufacturing site just outside of Philadelphia. We manufacture a monoclonal antibody product called Nucala (asthma medication) and I support the manufacturing as a technical expert.”

Why I studied engineering: “Engineering opens doors to a variety of careers that allow you to go to work and make an actual, tangible impact every day. Whether it’s making medicine, building bridges, or working on new sources of renewable energy, engineers improve the world a little bit every day and it’s extremely gratifying knowing you are a part of that change.”

One last thought: “Make sure you always have fun! If you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing then it isn’t for you. Also never forget that failure is an important step towards success, so never let short term mishaps discourage you from your long term goals.”

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