Meet Riley Campbell, a recent Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering graduate (2021) from Lake Forest, California. He chose to attend Purdue University because of the supportive community that the Minority Engineering Program provides for its students.

Throughout his time at Purdue, there were times that he felt he wouldn't be able to meet the expectations of the program - so much that we was left wondering if he made the right choice to study engineering at Purdue. Despite those challenges, he shared how he was consistently surrounded by people that lifted him up when he was at his lowest lows and celebrated with him when he was at his highest highs.

Riley is currently working as a Structural Design Engineer for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kansas. Along with his primary responsibilities, he is using his experiences with MEP to assist Spirit in their development of a High School Engineering Internship Program, connecting Spirit with the local youth to build an interest in STEM. In his free time, Riley is continuing his athletic involvement by playing ice hockey in a few adult leagues. 

As he has begun his career, he has seen just how much Purdue and the Minority Engineering Program helped him to develop. Purdue's hands-on labs and approachable professors allowed him to build a solid foundation of knowledge that he has been able to carry into an industry setting. This fall Riley looks forward to starting graduate school.

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