By: Alexis Lee, News Writer
A student from Missouri S&T has been named as an honoree for the IEE-USA New Faces of Engineering, College Edition. Katelyn Brinker, a senior double-majoring in computer engineering and electrical engineering, has been recognized for her passion and dedication in her pursued fields.
Brinker joined the Mars Rover Design Team her freshman year at the university, and she has gained broad experience throughout her college career. From roles ranging from outreach and public relations to chief technology officer and team lead, she has achieved unique expertise in technical, leadership, and interpersonal skills. Brinker gave credit of her success to the passionate team of engineers she has gotten to work with over the years.
Engineering has been more than just a degree for Brinker; she’s very passionate about what she does. “We’re doing something that’s very ambitious and very innovative, but it’s more than building a machine,” she said. “We’re also bettering ourselves and bettering out community.” Now Brinker would like to focus on inspiring more students to explore the fields of engineering, and she is also looking forward to her future in her profession.
Last summer, Brinker held an internship position at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. With the institute, she was given the opportunity to assist in the writing of software for an ultraviolet spectrometer. This device will be aboard the European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission in 2022. Her future goals are to design next generation technology for space exploration.
The New Faces of Engineering program, sponsored by DiscoverE, was created to recognize students who have well distinguished themselves among their peers and have set themselves up to become successful in the professional world. Engineering society members in their third through fifth year of enrollment in a Bachelor of Science engineering program at an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited college or equivalent international institution are eligible to receive the honor. The IEE Awards Board and the IEEE Board of Directors administer the awards, and the recipients are announced at the awards ceremony held each year. Over ten unique awards on literary contribution, technical achievement, and professionalism are given annually.