Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Erin Smith

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: McDonald, PA
High School: West Allegheny High School

Why you chose Pitt:

My first exposure to Pitt and engineering in general was from an event hosted for high school girls by Pitt Society of Women Engineers. I came with no idea what to expect and left in love with the school and program. (I was already in love with the city!) I could tell it was about friendship and motivation here, not competition. Everyone here wants you to succeed and make the world a better place, together.


Advice to a First Year Engineering Student:

You picked this major because it’s what you want to do, so start thinking of classes as the steps to your future goals, not road blocks slowing you down.


Extracurricular involvement and Future Goals:

I am very active in Phi Sigma Rho (social engineering sorority) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I spent two-weeks in Costa Rica through the Plus Three Program after my freshman year. Sophomore year, I did a double co-op rotation will Johnson & Johnson, working at their manufacturing site in Lititz, PA. This year, I am the VP of Service & Philanthropy in Phi Rho, Mentorship Chair for SWE, and play on an intramural soccer team. I plan to get more involved with Engineers Without Borders and participate in another short-term international experience. I hope to get an internship with a humanitarian/environmental company and go into industry after graduation.