Pisey Leute '08
Diesel Engine Performance Engineer, GE Transportation
Smith College was a surprise discovery for me when I was a senior in high school. I had never heard of Smith, and was set on large university engineering programs. I discovered Smith thanks to my English teacher who awarded me the Smith Book Award, which contained, in addition to wonderful poetry pieces, an admission fee waiver form. My teachers spoke highly of Smith, and my research of the school had me curious enough that I applied.
The acceptance letter from Smith did not only congratulate me for my acceptance, but it informed me that I had been chosen as a First Group Scholar, which provided me with a stipend and research opportunity for my first two school years. What a wonderful way to get to do research as a first year and not having to worry about finding a job. During my visit to Smith, I fell in love with the beautiful campus and was impressed with the small classroom size and brand-new engineering program. To my joyous surprise, Smith awarded me a full scholarship. Smith allowed me to focus 100 percent on my education without having to worry about loans.
While at Smith, one of my favorite experiences that I was most grateful for was in my senior capstone project. During the project, I spent a lot of time working on designing a rail-to-trail ramp with two other group members who have become my life-long friends.
After graduating from Smith, I began my career as a mechanical engineer at GE Transportation in Erie, PA. I started out in the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP) where I spent four six-month long rotations working in diesel engine component design, marine and generator set system integration, locomotive reliability, and durability engineering. Upon graduating from EEDP, I took a permanent job as a durability engineer with main responsibility of monitoring and forecasting diesel engine component usage for our main customers. I spent two years in this role where I had the opportunity to visit many field service shops where our locomotives are serviced. In 2012, I decided to return to the diesel engine component design role where I am now working on the High Pressure Fuel System for our Tier 4 locomotive engine. I work with suppliers to design High Pressure Fuel Lines and Injectors for our 4500GHP diesel engine.
Throughout my career at GE, I have been utilizing skills that I had learned from the Picker Engineering Program. The program prepared me to be a detail-oriented engineer who can break down a big problem or project into small manageable tasks, able to set schedule and track progress of the tasks, able to work equally well as an individual and as a team player.