Graduation Spotlight: Anna Currin

Anna Currin

Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Electrochemical Engineering

Why did you choose this area of study?

I really loved all the potential opportunities I had access to with a chemical engineering degree. I have so many interests and I liked that upon graduation, I could choose almost any industry to work in. Throughout my time at CWRU, I got to try out many industries including a co-op at J.M. Smucker’s Coffee research and development group, De Nora’s electrochemical manufacturing group, and 3M’s Display and Electronics Film Technology group. I also love how chemical engineering ties together all the basics of engineering and science in such an interesting, intuitive, and applicable way.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I accepted a full-time job with Entegris in their Engineering Leadership Development Program. It is a 3-year rotational program, and I will be located north of Boston! They specialize in semiconductor purification and materials which has been a longtime interest of mine.

Why did you choose CWRU?

I wanted a small school with an excellent engineering program. I also liked that you did not need to apply into a major as a high schooler and could choose to change at any point. I’ve found the connections I’ve made with students, staff members, and faculty over the years are so special and I could never imagine having such good relationships at a larger school.

What's your favorite thing about CWRU or your favorite memory?

The community! Some of my favorite memories were made while studying and working on projects. I love the sense of camaraderie among students here—it never felt like a competition. Everyone was helpful and I made many great friends through this.

What's a piece of advice/encouragement you'd like to share with CSE students?

Prioritize your sleep! I have never regretted getting enough sleep.

What activities were you involved in outside of class? Why did you get involved? What was your favorite part?

My main involvement has been the Society of Women Engineers. I joined as a freshman to learn more about career paths in engineering. I’ve found the community invaluable in my time at CWRU and have learned so much about career advancement and mentorship.