B.S. degree in mechanical engineering
In 2013 Ms. McGuinness graduated in the top 5% of the mechanical engineering class and accepted a position at Rolls-Royce as a project engineer. In her role at Rolls-Royce she assists with the management of technical projects specifically in the materials area. "I enjoy learning about all of the processes that go into designing and building an engine at Rolls-Royce. I've been able to work primarily with materials based projects because of my background in metallurgy and material science."
While at Trine, Rachel had internships with Toyota and CNC Precision Machining. She used the skills she developed at these internships to work with a multidisciplinary team to successfully complete a hands-free shower project for her senior design. The shower is currently being used by an individual in the Fort Wayne area. During her senior design project Rachel and her group had to address cost and safety issues while completing the shower on schedule. "There are a lot of business aspects to engineering work such as staying on budget and completing projects on schedule. Through my experiences with various design projects we were assigned at Trine, I had familiarity with these tasks."
Additionally, Rachel was an active member of Trine's community. She was involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Foundry Society, Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. "I enjoyed being part of the SWE group at Trine, I've continued my membership in the working world and I've met many inspiring women in various fields of engineering."
"Even though Trine is relatively small, the school offers so many options in mechanical engineering from being able to work in the foundry to conducting research in the biomechanics lab. I also liked the availability of the professors at Trine; it was always easy to ask questions about homework or specific topics in class. Also, everyone on campus was so nice!"