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Erin Pierce '16

System Engineer at Apple

Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved in? 

A: I play on Olin’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and often head outside with friends to play a couple rounds on Olin's disc golf course. When I have a bit of free time, I also blues dance and play around with glass working.

Q: What have you experienced at Olin that you hadn’t expected to experience when you applied?

A: When I came to Olin, I knew I was going to get a great education. What I did not expect is how big of a role I could take in shaping that education. I'm an active part of a group of students, staff, and faculty that are working to envision the big picture of what the next version of Olin’s curriculum will be. Through NINJA-ing classes, I also get to have a say in the day to day running of classes. Even in classes i am taking, professors are always looking for feedback and willing to make adjustments to the course on the fly in response to student feedback. Olin is committed to being a leader in innovation in engineering education, and it's great to be a part of that push.

Q: Have you taken any passionate pursuits while at Olin?

A: I have not done any passionate pursuits because there have always been co-curriculars in areas I'm interested in. Co-curriculars are like passionate pursuits with a larger group of students and faculty. For example, this semester, I'm in co-curriculars in pottery, pastel drawing, and the history of Olin. I have really taken to pottery and hope to do an independent study in pottery next year.

Q: What have been your two favorite projects? (in class or out of class)

A: One of my favorite projects was for Modeling and Simulation first semester. My team and I decided to figure out just how many swallows it would take to carry a coconut from the tropics to the nights of Camelot, and what their airspeed velocity would be. We built a model for bird flight, bird migration, and coconut carrying and determined that it would take 26 European swallows at 9m/s to carry a coconut. I learned a lot about birds, and it was a fun topic.

Today Erin works at Apple as a System Engineer!