Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Zoe Toigo

Major: Electrical Engineering Minors: Computer Science and Chinese
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
High School: Trinity High School

Why you chose Pitt: 


When I was searching for colleges, the ultimate goal was to find a school that had the best value – a balance of fitting my interests and affordability.  At Pitt, I enjoyed the atmosphere of a large urban research school, along with the resources and support network needed to innovate and excel.


Advice to First Year Engineering Student:

Think about what kind of impact you want to make – within Pitt, within the local community, on a national or even a global scale– and set goals that will help you get there.  All progress comes from small acts that gather momentum.  So no matter how small you start, start today!


Extracurricular involvement and or Future Goals:

 Work Experience

Summer 2018: Software for Hardware Intern | Microsoft Corporation

Spring 2018: Brackenridge Research Fellow | University Honors College & Human Engineering Research Laboratories

Spring 2017 and Fall 2017: Software/Hardware Co-op | Human Engineering Research Laboratories


IEEE: National Diversity Committee (Nov '17 – Present), Regional Conference Chair (June ’17 – April ’18), Pittsburgh Section Student Representative (April '17 – April '18), Pitt IEEE President (Jan '17 – Dec'17), Pitt IEEE Treasurer (Jan '16 – Dec '16)

Society of Women Engineers:  Local Host Committee, WeLocal Pittsburgh Conference (Sept '16 – Feb '17)

Robotics and Automation Society: Mini Sumo Bot Team (Aug '15 – April '16)

International Education

Fall 2018:  Global Engineering Education Exchange | University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiaotong University Joint Institute

Summer 2016: Critical Language Scholarship Program (Mandarin Chinese) | Suzhou University

Future Goals

Through my experience in product development, project management, and foreign language, I strive to empower global technical teams to design solutions that help others.