February 29, 2012

LSU engineering students packed the Royal Cotillion Ballroom in the LSU Student Union for the Engineering, Science and Technology Expo. The expo hosted more than 100 companies and attracted students from a wide range of academic disciplines.

“I’m incredibly impressed with the turn out, especially considering the rain!” said Halliburton employee and LSU recruiter Megan Huttenmaier.

Despite the inclement weather, persistent job-seeking LSU engineering and science students attended the expo well-prepared– a characteristic that is highly valued for engineering professionals.

“Since I began recruiting at LSU, I’ve noticed that LSU students are always well-prepared and organized,” Huttenmaier said. “LSU students never approach us asking what does your company do? They have done their research beforehand, and conversation is always good – we hire a lot from here."

This year, the Expo featured colored stickers for students’ nametags that helped to indicate to recruiters whether a student was searching for a full-time position, internship or more information about companies.

“LSU has a strong history of relationships with engineering firms, and we are seeing more and more new ones every year,” said Trey Truitt, associate director of employment services at LSU. “There seems to be a new trend of companies relying heavily on internships to fill full-time positions. Internships have become a primary means of finding full-time positions.”

Even before the expo, LSU engineering students had the opportunity to network with recruiters at the College of Engineering Networking Reception.

“This is one of the biggest networking receptions we have had in years,” Truitt said. “It’s a positive indicator for the economy.”

Forty-seven companies represented the oil and gas, science and technology and energy industries.

“On the way over here tonight, I was a nervous wreck. But everyone has been so nice and helpful!” said Sasha Bacchus, a mechanical engineering sophomore. “I love how the recruiters approach you. I feel a lot more confident going into the Expo.”

Kaitlin Simmons, also a mechanical engineering sophomore, had similar praises for the networking event.

“It’s been an awesome opportunity and also great practice for handing out resumes [at the Career Expo],” Simmons said. “I’m looking for internships, trying to get my feet wet. BASF already stole my heart!”

Undergraduate internships are becoming an excellent opportunity to securing full-time positions. BASF employee, LSU recruiter and LSU engineering alumnus Ben Pejsach is a prime example. Pejsach secured an internship with BASF as a senior mechanical engineering student and has been with the company ever since.

“It was a great decision,” Pejsach said. “I’m excited to be back here, representing BASF and LSU at the same time.”

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Article written by Paige Brown, communications graduate student worker. For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092.



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