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Sarah (Nix) Irvin

Electrical Design Engineer at Boeing

Enginering Physics

Graduated in 2015

Explain your career path

After interning at Boeing before my last semester at SEMO, I eas brought back on full time as a software engineer and have now transitioned to a scrum master on a team of engineers that maintain a test aircraft.

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

Enginering Physics, Dr.Margaret Hill encouraged me to consider the major after taking her physics class for an elective.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

Dr. Margaret Hill. She was a wonderful mentor throughout college and has contunued to be a mentor after college, listening to me and giving advice anytime I need it. She even came to my wedding this last summer and I will forever appreciate her neverending support in my academic, personal, and career pursuits.

Share your best college memory.

Going to Washington DC for the CSIS experience. I made so many wonderful friends and got to experience politics first hand, and as a physics major it gave me a new perspective on the countries priorities and how people from all works of life impact society.

Describe Southeast in three words.


What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Internships are very important. Personal projects to demonstrate your skills can go a long way as well. Keep communication lines open with people in your career field. Prepare for interviews by having thought out questions for the interviewer and prepared stories of your accomplishments and challenges.

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

Time management and people skills are two very important skills out here.


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