Engineering Your Future: Dual degree in engineering is a map for success



Erin Heck '08 earned
a BS in chemistry from Saint Mary's
and a BS in engineering from
the University of Notre Dame.

Alumna Erin Heck will begin a new chapter in her life this year. She’s a recent graduate of the Dual Degree Program in Engineering, a unique offering from Saint Mary's and the University of Notre Dame. Erin will be heading off to Cincinnati, Ohio, this summer where she’ll begin her career at General Electric Aviation in the Operations Management Leadership Program.

The 2008 Saint Mary’s grad says the dual degree in engineering, a cooperative program between Saint Mary’s and the University of Notre Dame, involved dedication and hard work, and she was supported along the way. “Most of my chemistry classes at Saint Mary’s had 15 students or less. That's something I enjoyed, because when you're studying science or math, it's very important to get one-on-one attention from a professor.”

Through the dual degree program, Heck earned a BS in chemistry from Saint Mary's in four years, and a second BS in engineering from the University of Notre Dame following a fifth year of study. Her training will give her a distinct edge in the job market, since engineers who combine technical, problem-solving, and communication skills are in high demand.

Heck interned with General Electric Aviation as a student, and now she’s prepared to enter the workforce at the same company. “The dual degree program offered me the best of both worlds. Many employers are very interested in the logistics of the program, and I believe that it helped me stand out from the rest of the applicants.”

Find out more about the Dual Degree Program in Engineering at Saint Mary’s.

For more on students’ experience in the program, read about mechanical engineering and mathematics major Mary Zahm.