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My interest in engineering started when…

I was in high school. I was interested in math and physics, and my family suggested that I give engineering a try. Once I started the Pre-Engineering Program at Albion, I really liked it and found the work to be satisfying.

The professors at Albion are great at…

Expanding the horizon of engineering, math and physics in their classes. They did this by not just talking about theoretical situations, but practical situations too. Because of the small class sizes, I was able to get to know my professors and ask a lot of questions.

On transferring to the University of Michigan - Dearborn

I'm extremely happy with how well Albion prepared me for engineering school. While part of the program at Albion, I took more upper level math and physics classes than was required because these subjects were interesting and fun. Once I transferred to the University of Michigan, everyone started asking me for help in their calculus and physics classes. I made the Dean's list both semesters of my first year there.

My role as an intern at DENSO International America, Inc. involves...

Working in the Engine Management Systems and Components Group 6. We develop and sell different types of sensors found in an engine, with the ultimate goal of getting our sensors purchased by companies like GM, Ford and Chrysler. I'm also working on benchmarking, which involves comparing our sensors to those made by our competitors in order to determine our strengths and weaknesses. I get to tear apart the sensors and figure out how they work, so it's very hands-on and the process is really exciting. It's fun to discover something new everyday.

My Albion experience was invaluable because...

I learned how to be more than just an electrical engineer. I learned how to be an engineer that communicates well with others and who isn't afraid to do something because it seems too difficult. I learned this by being president of the canoe club, captain of the swim team, and community service chairman of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. These positions gave me skills that are essential to being a good engineer. If it wasn't for Albion, I don't know where I would be.

Tram Hoang, '15

HoangT220x240 Majors: Economics & Management - Economics Emphasis and Mathematics & Computer Science
Activities: Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honorary Society,
Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honorary Society, Phi Beta Kappa
Current:
Attending Michigan State University's Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics Ph.D. Program this fall.

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I will be studying and researching in the field of International Development Economics.

Why do you love what you do?

I think that Development Economics can have a positive impact on developing countries like my own, Vietnam.

What did you like most about Albion?

The professors are extremely nice and supportive, and they give their students a lot of individual attention. In my case, it was Dr. Saltzman and Dr. Li.

How did Albion help you to get where you want to be?

Albion gave me the opportunity to study at the London School of Economics and to pursue my research interests through FURSCA and a senior thesis.

For me, Albion...

...is the first place I have been to outside of Vietnam. It is a sweet little town that opened me to the world and where I met great people, some of whom have had a life-long impact on me.

Alex Decker, '15

DeckerA220x240 Majors: Economics & Management - General Business 
Internships: Ernst & Young and Target
Career: Ernst & Young - Detroit, Assurance Practice

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I'm part of a team that works to audit clients' financial statements to ensure accuracy, as well as compliance to any applicable regulations.

Why do you love what you do?

Every new client presents a new set of challenges. Doing this kind of contract work for some of the biggest, most recognizable brands is extremely exciting. Add to this, the clients that are tomorrow's next great company, and it makes for very exciting work and valuable experiences.

What did you like most about Albion?

To think that some of my most valuable personal connections at Albion are with professors and staff points to the commitment of the faculty to students.

How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?

Preparation, preparation, preparation. Everything from mock-interviews, meet-and-greets with successful alumni, and opportunities build my resume with amazing experiences such as Sup de V.

For me Albion…

...stands alone because of its genuine commitment to the success of its students. I know my professors have lost sleep or time at home to mentor me. I'm extremely grateful because that has helped me reach my goals and set new, more ambitious ones.

Maggie Troost, '18

Maggie Troost, '18

Maggie Troost, '18, is an Accounting major with a C.P.A emphasis and a Communication minor. She is a member of the Accounting Society, and an active volunteer for the Economics and Management Department's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. In 2015, she was awarded through the accounting department an Ernst and Young Scholarship. She is also part of the women varsity soccer team, where the team has won the most community service hours' recognition, along with overall team spirit award. Maggie has individually received the MIAA Defensive player of the week in both 2014 and 2015.

Maggie interned with La-Z-Boy at the World Headquarters in Monroe, Michigan as a credit intern. This experience gave Maggie knowledge of different aspects of business from working over the phone with dealers to viewing financial trends. Currently in her junior year, she is seeking out another internship to gain further knowledge in the accounting field. After graduation, Maggie hopes to gain a career as a Certified Public Accountant.

"Being a student athlete at Albion College gives me so many opportunities that have help me expand both professionally and socially. The class small class sizes also make for a better learning environment to gain knowledge."

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