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After graduating in December 2023 with a BS in materials science and engineering, Megan Bynoe pursued her masters in MSE. She expects to graduate in May 2024, thanks to Rutgers’ 4+1 program. 

Female engineering student

Why Rutgers? 

I chose Rutgers because I valued the diversity that the university offers. Since starting at Rutgers, I have been able to learn more about others and, in turn, myself. Rutgers truly has limitless opportunities. 

What drew you to MSE? 

I started in the School of Engineering with no idea what major to pursue. After an internship after my freshman year, I decided that MSE was right for me as I was able to pursue a career in nearly every industry. It also allowed me to take classes in a department that has many impressive faculty and research opportunities, all while maintaining a great student to faculty ratio. 

What else impresses you about the MSE faculty? 

They truly care about their students. Faculty members will often reach out to students on projects that may interest them specifically. Also, I have a huge thank you to all of the amazing staff  members who support SOE students! 

Have you been involved in any special research?  

I’ve been involved in research in MSE since my sophomore year, and have been able to work in the Ceramic, Composite, and Optical Materials Center on additive manufacturing ceramics.  

Have you had any internships?  

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I have been fortunate enough to have four internships in my time at Rutgers. My first internship following my freshman year, was working in LA at Relativity Space, as a materials engineer working on the world’s first 3D printed rocket.  

I returned to LA for my next internship to work at Aerojet Rocketdyne, where I was a materials engineer helping with the main engines for the Artemis 1 launch.  

During my junior year spring semester, I interned at Colgate Palmolive as a patent law intern. This past summer, I was in Cincinnati Ohio at GE Additive, working as a materials engineering intern on the next generation of metal 3D printers. 

What are your post-graduate plans? 

I hope to continue my work in the aerospace industry, with a focus on the use of metal additive manufacturing as a manufacturing technique. Eventually, I hope to serve as a chief engineer in a startup company. 

What advice do you have for future students? 

Although it’s easier said than done, don’t deny yourself opportunities out of fear that you will be rejected. Rejection happens, but we are often our worst critics and many times we will not apply for roles that we are great candidates for! 

What three words best describe your SoE experience? 

Supported. Limitless. Prepared.