Engineering & Applied Sciences

Alumni Profile

Erica Gelb

erica gelbBS ('09), MS ('10) electrical and computer engineering

Occupation: Electrical engineer, Northrup Grumman.
Residence: Baltimore, MD

What memories do you have of your Keidaean year?

I remember being very honored to be a Keidaean. I loved the alumni events and meeting people who have been so successful in their lives. I always left feeling that I had been chosen a Keidaean just as they had, and even though I didn't see it yet, I must also be on the path to a successful future.

What were a few of the organizations, activities or pursuits you were involved in at the University of Rochester? Tell us about your experience in your favorite activity.

I played field hockey and lacrosse, which were very large parts of my college experience. I formed strong friendships with my teammates, and also a strong loyalty to U of R. I was also involved in the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Tzekek (a community service group formed with Hillel).

What advice do you have for the current class of Keidaeans?

Go to your Keidaean events! I can't say I always 'wanted' to go to the events, but I was always so glad I did. Also, get to know your fellow and alumni Keidaeans. You have an amazing group of people to network with, so take advantage!

What did you do immediately after graduation? How did you decide to take that path?

After graduation I stayed at Rochester to get my masters (in the engineering 3/2 program). I figured it was much easier to get my masters as a full time student as opposed to a full time employee. To this day, I could not be happier with my decision.

What do you do now and why did you choose this career?

I am currently an electrical engineer for Northrop Grumman. I entered into a rotation program, which was a great opportunity to try out different roles before choosing one within the company. I also love knowing my work helps to support our country and bring our warfighters home safely.