Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Andrew Rabeneck

Major: Chemical Engineering Major, Petroleum Engineering Minor, Political Science Minor
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Mt. Lebanon High School

Why you chose Pitt:


As a Pittsburgh native, I had been familiar with and respected Pitt my whole life. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay local, but when I visited Pitt I knew it was the school for me! The engineering community was very close-knit for a big school, but I still had access to all the awesome cultural experiences and, more importantly, food options in the city. I’m close enough to home that I can head back for birthdays, but still feel independent and able to constantly explore.




Advice to First Year Engineering Student:

Be sure to take advantage of all the resources afforded to you here at the University. Academically, there’s a whole network of people dedicated to your success and available to help you make the transition from high school to the freshman program, and eventually into an engineering department. Culturally, opportunities like Pitt Arts and the discounted museum admission allow engineering students to take a break from the rigorous curriculum and explore the vibrant city around us.




Extracurricular involvement and or Future Goals:




American Institute of Chemical Engineers


Society of Petroleum Engineers


Pitt Intramural Flag Football


Pitt College Republicans


Pitt League of Legends Club – Business Manager




I have had the opportunity to study abroad with Pitt’s Plus3 program, going to Germany in the summer following my freshman year. I also participated in the first ever section of ENGR 0716, the Art of Making, an innovative and incredible course that I highly recommend. Looking to the future, I hope to participate in undergraduate research during the fall of 2016, and pursue a co-op during the spring or summer.