Annual job fair provides
fertile ’hunting ground’
are not the best of times for those in the job market. No one
would argue that. A quick glance at a daily newspaper reminds
us that the nation’s economy has seen better days, but
that did not dampen the spirit of the annual science and technology
job fair sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied
Science (SEAS) in October.
Photo by Frank Wojciechowski
Electrical engineering major Kristel Adler ‘04,
left, speaks with Kathleen Mulcahy of Microsoft.
Difficult circumstances frequently challenge us to try new or
creative approaches to a problem. And that’s just what
the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
Even before the job fair officially opened at 10:30 that Friday
morning, Willard Moore ’04 was busy networking
and handing out résumés of all MAE undergraduates.
The résumés were neatly assembled and bound in
a booklet, and Will, the cochair of the MAE undergraduate organization,
was making sure no company representative escaped without receiving
Jo Ann Kropilak-Love, MAE undergraduate administrator,
orchestrated the project. Ms. Kropilak-Love said that historically
the department printed the booklets and placed them on a table
at the annual SEAS job fair. She said that when the job fair
closed, most of the booklets were returned.
“I organized the MAE student council to distribute the
booklets directly to representatives at the job fair prior to
its official opening,” she said.
The résumé booklet provided good reading material
for those company representatives who had finished setting up
their display and were waiting for the job seekers to arrive.
MAE’s personal touch paid off.
Ms. Kropilak-Love said that one representative called two MAE
seniors the morning of the job fair and asked them to stop by.
As the job fair officially got under way, Peter Bogucki,
associate dean for undergraduate affairs, welcomed all.
Photo by Frank Wojciechowski
Rebekah Gordon of VMWare Inc. speaks with computer
science major Avi Ziskind ’07
“Many alums are among the attendees here today,”
Dean Bogucki said. “We are happy you are returning to
campus, and wish you success in your recruiting today. We hope
future alums will find positions within your organizations.”
Companies in attendance included many familiar names that return
year after year, such as ALK Technologies, Ford Motor Co., Lucent
Technologies, and Schlumberger Technology Corp. But even in
the current economic climate there were new faces in the crowd.
Those companies making their debut at the annual SEAS Science
and Technology Job Fair included Clark Construction, Endeca,
L’Oreal USA, Sensing Strategies Inc., and The Rockefeller
The complete list of participating companies follows:
ALK Technologies; Appian; Bank One; Bridgewater Assoc. Inc.;
Capital One; CIA Employment Center; Clark Construction; Endeca;
Environ; Ford Motor Co.; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; IBM Corp.;
Institute for Defense Analyses; L’Oreal USA; Los Alamos
National Laboratory; Lucent Technologies; McKinsey & Co.
Inc.; Mercer Management Consulting Inc.; Merck & Co.; Microsoft
Corp.; MIT Lincoln Laboratory; National Aeronautics and Space
Administration; Navy Officer Programs; Oracle Corp.; Parsons
Brinckerhoff; Princeton Project 55; Proximities LLC; Purdue
Pharma LP; Rockefeller University; Sandia National Laboratories;
Schlumberger Technology Corp.; SciTec Inc./Northrop Grumman
Corp.; Sensing Strategies Inc.; Teach for America; TIAX; TIGRIS
Consulting; Turner Construction; United States Marine Officer
Program; VMWare Inc.; and ZS Assoc.
books ’sell’ MAE undergraduates
The résumé booklets compiled by the Department
of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) are the
end products of a process that begins afresh with each
new academic year.
Jo Ann Kropilak-Love, MAE undergraduate
administrator, begins collecting résumés
of all MAE undergraduates in September. That month,
the department organizes a one-day résumé
critique event. The career services counselor dedicated
to the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)
is on hand to provide feedback and guidance for any
student who chooses to participate.
“We have found this to be a very positive experience
for our students,” Ms. Kropilak-Love said. “It
helps the seniors tweak their résumés,
and the sophomores to compile what may be their first
In addition to distributing the booklets at the annual
SEAS science and technology job fair, Ms. Kropilak-Love
said she also sends them to companies that are unable
to send representatives to campus, but are keen to hire
“Most recently, Shell and Exxon have requested
our booklet,” she said.
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