Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Daneen Haas

Major: Chemical Engineering with a chemistry and economics minor
Hometown: Allentown, PA
High School: Northwestern Lehigh High School

Why you chose Pitt:


I chose Pitt because I really liked the way the engineering school structured its curriculum. The pillar system for chemical engineering majors is a really unique and effective way to teach that no other school that I looked at offered. When I went to the “So you want to be an Engineer…” day that Pitt offers, I was blown away and really impressed with the explanation of this curriculum and how impressive their results were compared to a traditional curriculum at the chemical engineering department presentation. I also really like the integrated and urban feel of the campus. I loved how Pitt is simply part of the city and not sectioned off like a traditional college campus.




Advice to First-Year Engineering Student:


Read your textbooks and put a lot of effort into your homework. Since the textbook reading isn’t necessarily required and it is so easy to get overwhelmed your first semester, it is very easy for these two things to fall by the wayside. If you put the time in and try really hard in those two aspects, learning the material and hence studying for and passing the exams, will be a lot easier.




Extracurricular involvement and or Future Goals:


In addition to being an engineering ambassador, I am also involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Phi Sigma Rho (an engineering and engineering and technology sorority), and am a Nordenberg Leadership Scholar. At the end of my freshmen year, I went on an international experience with the plus 3 program to Vietnam.


My future plans include graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and working at a pharmaceutical or consumer goods company. After a few years in the industry, I would like to go back to school and get my MBA or MSE in chemical or biological engineering.