Profile: Lilliann Lawrin Engineering Intern at Met2Plastic

Met2Plastic is excited to welcome our new summer Engineering intern Lilliann!

Name: Lilliann Lawrin

About:

• Senior at Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, IL.
• 17 years old.
• Originally from Chicago, first year at EGH.
• Part of the all-girl engineering class at EGH which was designed to create a comfortable environment for girls interested in the engineering field.

Q: How did you become interested in Engineering?

A: I’ve always liked math. I work better with numbers than words. I used to play piano, but I’m not very artsy. I’m more athletic and into hands-on work. I was interested in pursuing a career with math since my freshman year, but the all girls class helped put me on the path to pursuing this as a career.


Q: Do you think more high schools should offer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses aimed toward women?

A: Yes. When I thought of manufacturing, I pictured old dirty, grimy guys hammering things. I’ve learned that’s not all there is to it. These classes open girls’ eyes to the reality and possibilities in manufacturing.


Q: What do you think of the disparity in gender in engineering and other manufacturing fields?

A: We need more women in engineering. Today I sat in an engineering meeting with MET’s engineers and one of the customers. The woman in their team was impressed that I am pursuing engineering and that in her 20 years working with engineers, all of them have been men. I think classes like the ones EGH school offers are a start.


Q: What do your parents think of your choice to go into this field?

A: Both my parents are supportive. My Mom especially pushed me towards it. Everyone has been supportive.


Q: Which kind of engineering are you most interested in?

A: I don’t know yet. I am hoping that with this internship I can get a better idea of which kind I want to pursue.


Q: What do you like most about the engineering field?

A: The most fun part is helping fix problems. It’s cool that people come to you for help to solve their technical issues.


Q: What is your plan after the internship?

A: Finish my senior year and possibly do a winter internship. Possible college options are Purdue University, University of Iowa, Penn State, or Carthage College.


Q: What is your impression of the job now that you are interning at a plastic injection molding company?

A: It’s very interesting, especially learning all it takes to make one part.


Q: What would make your internship at MET a successful one?

A: Getting a better idea of what kind of engineering I want to go into. Networking. Building my resume and getting references.


Q: Who is your role model and why?

A: Maggie Steffens Olympian Water Polo athlete. She was 17 years old when she won the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. Her accomplishments are inspirational. She wasn’t known until she worked her way to the top as the #1 women’s water polo player in the world. She teaches girls that If you work hard enough you can reach the top.


Q: Is there an accomplishment or award that you are most proud of?

A: Last year I was all conference for water polo.


MET is proud to have Lilliann as our engineering intern this Summer and proud to promote and help get women interested in plastics manufacturing.

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