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Internship Profile: Danielle Coogan, BSME ’18 (Boeing)

Name: Danielle Coogan
Class: 2018
Hometown: Miami, FL
Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering
Internship location: Boeing, Ridley Park, PA

How did you find this internship?
I met with representatives from Boeing at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) National Conference in Philadelphia in October.

Describe your internship.
I am interning as a design engineer with the airframe and payloads team of the CH-47 Chinook aircraft. I have been working on design modifications for older Chinook programs and setting requirements for new Chinooks. I also have had shadowing opportunities with other groups at Ridley Park to gain understanding of the impact that other groups have on the Chinook program.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you at your summer internship?
Being in the CoE taught me how to problem-solve in a methodical process. When I enact a design engineering change at my internship, I have to be very thorough and make sure every change that I create can be traced back to previous designs and give the reasoning behind the change. I use CAD software to modify the design, which I also learned through class.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned at this program?
Through this program, I’ve learned how important it is to develop a network. There are many groups that handle different aspects of the Chinook program, but many times a design change intersects different teams.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
This experience has given me an understanding of what an engineering career in the aerospace industry entails. I have been able to explore different opportunities at Boeing and gained a greater understanding of the product life cycle and maintenance.

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