February 27, 2023
Chemical engineer alumna Amanda Tatem '20 is a great example of a student who made the most of her opportunities at our University. Now she's a chemical engineer on Eastern Research Group's facilities and process engineering team, analyzing operations, systems and equipmentt used by federal clients including the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Two of her student experiences in particular were pivotal. A research project with David Foster, associate professor of chemical engineering, taught her "how to use simulation software to model fuel cells, which I really enjoyed. That experience showed me how much I enjoy engineering and wanted to continue pursuing technical work," Amanda says. The second pivotal experience was her internship the summer after her junior year, with Booz Allen Hamilton, a consultancy in Washington, DC. "Both experiences pointed me in this career direction, towards a job where I can practically apply engineering skills while working with a range of clients, projects and people."
Lean more about her experiences at the University, and how she's remained connected through the Young Alumni Council and the Washington, DC, regional network.