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Alisa Hunt-Lowery

Hometown: Pembroke, North Carolina

Engineering Major: Textile Engineering (undergraduate), Industrial Engineering with minors in Statistics and Materials Science & Engineering (graduate)

Degree Granting Institution(s): North Carolina State University

Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant, NCSU, Raleigh, North Carolina

Job Responsibilities: My research involves electrical characterization and reliability analysis of ceramic multilayer capacitors (MLCs). I test these devices at elevated stress levels and determine how and why these devices fail. Current surface-mounted capacitors used in integrated circuits are bulky and take up a large amount of space. The new MLCs will produce a faster circuit and require less space. My experimentation will have an impact on many of today's electronics such as cell phones with text messaging, pagers, and PDAs by allowing integration of these devices without having to become larger. The work is very rewarding because it enables me to learn about current research in the microelectronics industry.

Best Advice: Engineering is a broad curriculum that will afford you many opportunities. Don't think of engineering as a discipline only for those who are "mechanically inclined" or "like computers." Engineering is for anyone who has a desire to develop critical thinking skills and apply those skills to everyday life. This may include work as a test engineer like me or designing a home improvement project.