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Posted April 9, 2019

Where Are They Now?

“It can be tough sometimes. I know it sounds cheesy, but if you keep working hard you will get there eventually.”

-Trevor Pianga

 

Invent@NMU has had the privilege of employing exceptional students throughout the years. They have gone off to do amazing things since graduating and we are curious to know where they are now. Follow us in the series that chronicles the current career paths of some of our previous student employees.

We had the privilege of talking to former Invent@NMU mechanical engineer specialist, Trevor Pianga. Trevor graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a certificate in CNC Machining and a concentration in engineering design. He currently works for McLaren Engineering in Livonia, MI as a test engineer. In his position,Trevor creates testing programs and performs data analysis for clients to ensure the parts are functioning properly. Trevor stated that his favorite part of his new job is that he is able to break stuff all day at work. Not only that, but Trevor grew up in Livonia and he enjoys being back where he grew up with friends and family.

 

“It can be tough sometimes. I know it sounds cheesy, but if you keep working hard you will get there eventually,” says Trevor. He lives by his advice to other students interested in his profession in test engineering, as it has helped him in his current success. At the age of 23, Trevor’s goals are to go back to school and obtain a degree in business management and become an Engineering Manager. Ultimately he would love to work within the aerospace industry.

 

The experiences he gained while at Invent@NMU attributed to Trevor’s success in being a valuable team player. He enjoyed working with all of the leadership at the office, as he was working during the merge with Innovate Marquette SmartZone and enjoyed being a part of that transition. While there were many memories that Trevor had while working with Invent@NMU, he said his most memorable moment was spending downtime in the office calculating how many tears it would actually take to “cry me a river”. While working at Invent he loved getting to know everyone he worked with, along with learning leadership skills. “A lot of my work ethic goes out to Invent@NMU,” Trevor mentioned.

 

When Trevor is not at work, you can find him longboarding, eating pizza and hanging out with his dog, a German Shepherd. Although he does not miss shoveling the copious amounts of snow we get in the U.P., Trevor does miss the snow in Marquette and the beautiful area.

 

 

Stay tuned for our next interview with Alyssa Chomiczewski!

“If you work hard, challenge yourself, and ask questions, you can bring something to the table and learn from those around you.”

   -Emma Finkbeiner

Invent@NMU has had the privilege of employing exceptional students throughout the years. They have gone off to do amazing things since graduating and we are curious to know where they are now. Follow us in the series that chronicles the current career paths of some of our previous student employees.

We were able to catch up with Emma Finkbeiner from her exciting life in the Windy City! She studied Public Relations and minored in Journalism while attending Northern Michigan University in her undergrad and continued at DePaul University in Chicago to complete her Masters of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. While working for Invent@NMU, her position as a Public Relations Specialist gave her real-world experience, portfolio pieces, and was a capstone to her college education. Currently, she works for the Chicago Cubs as a Digital Media Coordinator and loves her job, working on various social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and a recently relaunched YouTube channel.

So with so much success at the young age of 25, what does she aspire to do in her career? She is focused on achieving excellence as a new professional starting her career, with an overall goal of being a great employee, team member, and an asset to the organization every single day.

The experience she gained through writing press releases and pitching her clients’ stories to the media was valuable and a highlight of her time at Invent@NMU. Her most proud moments include securing interviews for her clients, as well as writing the collateral for a former director representing Invent@NMU at The White House.

“If you work hard, challenge yourself, and ask questions, you can bring something to the table and learn from those around you,” says Emma. She lives by her advice to students interested in her profession in social media and since she pivoted from the traditional public relations path, it’s helped her in her current success.

Even though she has a busy job, she takes advantage of living in Chicago. She loves its diversity and that every neighborhood is unique. There is always something to explore and she, of course, likes going to the Cubs games!

Stay tuned for more interviews!

“Building a network and following up goes a long way.”

   -Charlie Tyson

Invent@NMU has had the privilege of employing exceptional students throughout the years. They have gone off to do amazing things since graduating and we are curious to know where they are now. Follow us in the series that chronicles the current career paths of some of our previous student employees.

Next up in our series is former Invent@NMU project manager Charlie Tyson, who is putting his experience to use. Charlie graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in marketing in the fall of 2016. He currently works in Detroit as a project manager for a Michigan Economic Development Corporation initiative called Project M, a partnership working to promote global mobility. His favorite part of his job is being an entrepreneur himself while supporting entrepreneurs and enjoys tackling a new task every day.

His most fond memories of working at Invent@NMU involve his work with the professional mentors and local community members, as well as building relationships with local entrepreneurs. He credits his experience at Invent@NMU for his confidence when leading meetings, working with a variety of clients, and thinking strategically.

His advice to students interested in working in his profession is to get out of their comfort zone and says, “building a network and following up both go a long way.” His aspirations in his company are to continue working with startups, building companies, and making life-changing solutions.

During his free time, he enjoys travel, active mountain biking, skiing, and golf. He appreciates all the activities available in downtown Detroit and all the renovations the city has implemented makes it a lively area to live in. Although he likes his new hometown, he misses the Marquette snow and outdoor activities like skiing and hockey.

 

Stay tuned next time for our interview with Emma Finkbeiner!


“There’s an immediate benefit you can see right away from working at Invent@NMU…it’s a resume builder”

        -Rachel Allen.

Invent@NMU has had the privilege of employing exceptional students throughout the years. They have gone off to do amazing things since graduating and we are curious to know where they are now. Follow us in the series that chronicles the current career paths of some of our previous student employees.

 

While working at Invent@NMU, Rachel Allen was a valuable member of our team as a mechanical engineer technician. Since graduating Northern Michigan University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Technology and a concentration in design, she moved to Grand Rapids to pursue her career as a product engineer. She has worked for Yanseng Automotive Interiors for three years and has had the opportunity to work on projects like the BMW X 5, 6, & 7 Instrument Panel. Rachel recently transitioned from product engineer of launch to phase one engineering within the company. Her favorite part about her job is the variety of tasks she does on a daily basis that keeps her connected and engaged. Her three year plan? She aspires to become an engineering manager.

An interesting memory from working at Invent@NMU was when she and a coworker were tasked to study how much ice an ice maker makes, how much heat it puts off, and the properties of the machine itself. This resulted in eventually having to remove 50 pounds of ice from the basement every six hours to empty the ice machine.

 

Not only did she have fun experiences with fellow students, having the experience from Invent@NMU on her resume gave her the edge when finding a job. “There’s an immediate benefit you can see right away from working at Invent@NMU…it’s a resume builder,” says Rachel.

 

The position helped line her up with better opportunities and gave her a leg up from others that were applying for the same job. Rachel was also given a unique view of the products that would come through and was able to determine the validity within the market, as well as sharpen her skills in logical thinking and build a product from start to finish.

 

It’s not all business for Rachel though; on weekends she enjoys participating in cooking classes, as well as wine and beer tastings with her husband. She appreciates the proximity of her new town to a variety of scenic views like beaches, farms, and city life.

 

Stay tuned next week for our interview with Charlie Tyson!

      “Go beyond the curriculum and dig past if you see something interesting.”

    -John Walsh.

 

Invent@NMU has had the privilege of employing  exceptional students throughout the years. Many have gone off to do amazing things since graduating and we are curious to know where they are now. Follow us in the series that chronicles the current career paths of some of our previous student employees.

 

The first participant we had the opportunity to interview was John Walsh, a Mechanical Engineer Tech during his time at Invent@NMU. He graduated with his Associates in C&C Technology, studied mechanical engineering while at Northern Michigan University, and is finishing his degree in engineering at Stark State College at University of Akron. He currently works full time as a manufacturing engineer and loves his position – even when he works 80 hours a week! He aspires to work toward a position in upper management at his company.

He credits his fondest memories at Invent@NMU to the fun atmosphere and working with clients like Brian Kulbeida, inventor of the Posture Plank. Working at Invent@NMU prepared him for life after graduation by evaluating the business aspects in engineering, cross training in departments, and seeing the process through from beginning to end. His advice to students interested in his profession is to “go beyond the curriculum and dig past if you see something interesting.”

Since moving out of Marquette, he says he definitely misses the Marquette snow because he is a big snowmobiler. So, when he is not at work, you might catch him on the trails!

Stay tuned next week for our interview with Rachel Allen!