Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Shweta Ravichandar

Major: Mechanical Engineering Minor: Bioengineering
Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
High School: West Windsor Plainsboro High School North

Why I Chose Pitt

I chose Pitt for the lively environment and student body. I wanted to attend a school that had an engineering program where students did not feel like they were lost in big numbers, but at the same time had a large enough campus to get to know a lot of different people. The proximity to the city was a huge factor as well because I was able to explore the culture that Pittsburgh offers. The opportunities that have been available to me simply by choosing this school is immeasurable.

Advice to First Year Engineering Students

Don't be afraid to explore options! There are so many clubs to join and events to attend that you will find your niche within engineering. If you aren't exactly sure where your interests lie, take advantage of the fact there are faculty and students that are always willing to help. If you have an idea of what you'd like to be doing, then make sure you find out as much information as you can! Join clubs and find mentors. Getting involved is the best way to understand what it means to be an engineer. 

Extracurricular involvement

Outside of being an Engineering Ambassador, I am the Events Chair for Engineering Student Council, Outreach chair for Design Hub and Rush chair for Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity. I am also an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Engr0716, Art of Making. I am currently on Co-Op at Omnyx, a medical device company and have done two years of research at McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. For fun, I play intramural volleyball. I hope to end up in the industry doing research and development in the bio-medical field.