Lin Xu
B.S. ME '21 (minor in Product Lifecycle Management)
Hometown: Mentor, Ohio
"Don't worry too much about classes. Find time to make friends and have fun. College is about exploring new things and failure can happen, but it won't prevent you from having a successful future."

Campus Involvement:

  • 3D Printing Club
  • Algebra by 7th Grade
  • College Mentors for Kids
  • Bechtel Innovation Design Center Prototyping Teaching Assistant

Were you involved with the Minority Program Summer Engineering Workshops? If yes, what was your role, and how did you benefit from them? 

I was an instructor/mentor for the summer engineering workshops. I worked with PREFACE and MITE. My role was to help create and instruct lessons. I was able to benefit from the Summer Engineering Workshops, by gaining leadership experience, as well as experience creating structured presentations and presentation skills.

Tell our audience about what you have gained from the Minority Engineering Program. How has MEP affected you as an engineering student? What do you get through MEP that you don't get from other programs on campus?

MEP was able to offer me a lot of support. I was able to participate in programs that help future engineers, as well as work with others with a lot of professional experience. While working for MEP I was able to get advice on how to talk with potential employers, as well as how to conduct myself in a professional manner. When someone joins MEP, they can receive a lot of support from everyone there and that is not something you can get from other programs on campus.

What are you most proud of in your time at Purdue and MEP? Any favorite memories to share? 

I am most proud of my accomplishments with the Algebra by 7th Grade program. I was able to create entire lessons for every grade to complete and helped the 7th grade students create wonderful projects. 

What are your post-graduation plans?

As of right now, I am still seeking employment. My goal is to work for a toy company and do product management or design. In summary, I want to be an elf in Santa's workshop.

How do you foresee yourself being involved with Purdue/MEP post-graduation? 

I still plan on helping Algebra by the 7th grade come up with lessons and projects for the Spring 2022 semester. 

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