The success of young STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) scholars like Cassie Hondro, a 2014 Novelis STEM Scholarships recipient, is what National Engineers Week, February 22-28, is all about. Cassie is a graduate of Oswego High School who has gone on to pursue her studies in engineering at the University at Buffalo. The daughter of Mark Hondro, Senior Reliability Engineer at Novelis Oswego, Cassie is excited to follow in her father’s footsteps as she pursues a career in mechanical engineering.
We asked Cassie a few questions about where she gets her inspiration and desire to pursue a STEM career. Here’s what she said:
Q: Why do you want to pursue a career in mechanical engineering?
Because I have a passion for the question “How?” I like to know how elements come together to produce such complex products.
Q: Who inspires you?
My older sister, Jacqueline. She is in her fourth year of college, and her ability to focus so hard on her school work and to get such good grades as a result is really inspiring.
Q: How has your father encouraged you?
By working so hard at his job. I see him taking classes and going to meetings to improve his skills and advance his knowledge.
Q: How are you going to use your STEM education to make the world better?
I will seek out issues to be resolved in this world. These issues may be as big as the inability to grant access of drinkable water to third-world countries, or as small as the inefficiencies of larger vehicles. Problems will not be resolved unless action is taken to resolve them, and I will use my resources to do so.