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FSU Engineering Student Preps for Future with Industry Experience
09/24/2015

FSU Engineering Student Preps for Future with Industry Experience

Jocelyn Williams is challenging the limits of what it means to be a busy student.

The Frostburg State University student and Frostburg native is a double-major in mathematics and FSU’s collaborative mechanical engineering program with University of Maryland, College Park. She marked herself as a rising star in 2014 when she took on an internship with a major defense technology contractor, an added benefit of a prestigious scholarship she earned from the II-VI Foundation.

She received both the scholarship and the internship for a second time this year, winning the maximum award amount of $9,000 in a season the II-VI Foundation called “the most competitive yet in the history of the program.”

The II-VI Foundation connects engineering, science and mathematics students with research opportunities and scholarships that uniquely require a nine-week internship in an industrial setting.

Williams credits the scholarship with motivating her toward taking on an internship. The internship itself, which put her to work with an antenna mechanical engineering group, helped her discover a new interest and revealed aspects of the field of engineering that most students are not as aware of.

Her internship focused on designing test fixtures for a variety of antennas, including some that could operate in outer space. She created mass simulators to test how antennas would interact with each other, as well as more in-depth materials with electronic components.

Her experience working in the industry as an intern could eventually lead her to a career with the company.

“They have a lot of opportunities to rotate, try different positions,” Williams said. “Whenever I start, I could be doing something completely different than what I was doing for my internship.”

Williams lists her recent induction into the President’s Leadership Circle as one of the reasons she chose to stay at FSU rather than transfer to College Park to complete her degree. Besides looking forward to the PLC’s annual trip to promote clean water in Uganda, Williams said she enjoys talking with FSU Interim President Thomas L. Bowling about recent happenings on campus and sharing her ideas for solving problems.

The sheer size of universities like College Park gave her another reason to stick around at FSU. During her internship, people would share stories about their experiences at larger institutions. “The class sizes are so big!” Williams said. “I could be here and have, say, seven people in my class.”

The end result of FSU’s smaller size comes out in emails she receives from her College Park professors, urging students to schedule office visits and suggesting they may not be there otherwise. The availability of Frostburg professors in comparison made a big difference to her.

Williams also works at Chick-fil-A in LaVale, and her recent promotion provided yet another reason to stay at Frostburg.

Even with so much on her plate, Williams keeps a level head by focusing on the future. “I’ve been up until three in the morning every night doing homework,” she said. “It’s OK. It’ll be worth it.”

For information about FSU’s President’s Leadership Circle, call 301-687-7013 or visit www.frostburg.edu/clife/leadership/presidents-leadership-circle-plc. For information about the II-VI Foundation, visit ii-vifoundation.com.

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