“My parents are both Mechanical Engineering Alumni. They knew the value of their co-op experiences in their careers, and wanted to be sure I had the same opportunity. When it came down to choosing schools, UC was the place for me.”
Though Monnin knew that engineering would be her future path, her parents’ field did not provide her with the excitement she felt she would need in order to pursue a life-long career. She wanted to have a more direct impact on improving lives, which led her to major in biomedical engineering.
“I like that there are a lot of innovative ideas and very meaningful work being done in the medical device field. My work will continue to be important in the future, because health care is continuing to evolve,” said Monnin.
All five of her co-op rotations were at Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson surgical tool company where Monnin played a variety of roles. She was valued like a true employee and required to meet time schedules and complete important work for the company. “As a result,” Monnin shares, “I was able to customize my experiences in several departments to discover my strengths and weaknesses as an engineer and improve on them.”
Monnin is enrolled in the Accelerated Engineering Degree Program (ACCEND), which she says will greatly aid her in future career endeavors.
“I have been interested in the business decisions that are associated with engineering decisions, and some day being a leader in my company,” states Monnin in reflection to her enrollment in ACCEND, “I am excited that having an MBA in addition to my bachelor’s degree will provide a wider variety of career options, allowing for flexibility in my career path.”
In her free time, Monnin enjoys lifting student body morale and pride as a member of UC’s Bearcat Bands. “My best memories at UC are from my involvement with the UC Bearcat Bands. I have had so many wonderful experiences from running down the steps into Nippert for football games, to playing at ceremonies like for Mike Bohn’s announcement as Athletic Director, to traveling all across the nation with the basketball team. I love to be able to represent our awesome university.”
Monnin’s advice to UC students is to, “Make sure you are taking care of yourself, because if you aren’t at your best, your work and your commitments will suffer; however, try things that are interesting to you, because you only get the opportunities that college offers once.”
Upon graduation, Monnin hopes to receive a full-time position in the medical device industry – she already has several interviews set up.
On behalf of College of Engineering and Applied Science, congratulations to Alexandra Monnin on your outstanding achievements thus far and as the October Engineer of the Month.
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