Between the ACCEND program and her time at GE, Lauren has manage to get involved on campus, particularly with UC’s chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This year is Lauren’s second year serving as president of the group which is making a real impact in kids’ lives. “One of my favorite ASME projects is Bikeworks, which is a group that fixes up old, donated bikes for a couple hours every other week. We then donate the bikes to needy children in the area through the Old St. George Food Pantry in a bike giveaway every spring... It’s a great way that ASME gives back to the community.”
October’s Engineer of the Month has also participated in Professor Ghia’s, PhD, Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program in which she conducted undergraduate research with Professor Lee, PhD. Lauren explains, “This was a great experience to learn about research with the support of the WISE network.”
Considering Lauren’s numerous responsibilities and engagement at UC, it’s clear why she notes her 4.0 GPA as one of her main accomplishments. It’s not easy juggling school, work, undergraduate research, and leading a student group, yet Lauren has balanced it all while maintaining straight A’s.
Lauren admits, “Keeping up with school work has been challenging at times. I’ve had some semesters where I felt completely overwhelmed with school…” Her secret to success is good time management. Lauren explains, “When I’m in school, I work as hard as I can during the day (usually up working by 8:00), so that I can have free evenings and weekends. I’m not always able to have every evening or weekend free, especially during difficult semesters or during project/exam time, but I try to block out some time just to relax and unwind.”
Lauren closes with her final thought, “Make school your priority – hard work pays off.” If anyone would know about hard work paying off, it’s sure to be October’s Engineer of the Month, Lauren Schultz.