Industry Insights: Engineering From Concept to Creation

Oct 3, 2023, 5:00 pm6:00 pm
Undergraduate Students


Event Description

If you aspire to an engineering career where you “make things,” then learn from alumni who do just that! Representing a range of academic disciplines and career fields, engage in conversation with alumni who design, prototype, build and scale consumer products, machine components, transportation systems and more!

Industry Insights is a series of programs composed of industry professionals and Princeton alumni who aim to help students build skills, discover industries and learn about company cultures and recruitment timelines. A moderated panel is then followed with a mixer and light refreshments.

Email Satomi Chudasama ([email protected]) to request accommodations at least 2 weeks prior to the program.

Speaker Bios

Devon Hartsough '18

Devon Hartsough '18

Devon is a Production Program Manager at Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company. She currently works on the NASA Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) program, where she manages the manufacturing, supply chain, and quality teams.

Prior to this role, Devon was a Supplier Project Manager, coordinating the procurement of critical components and managing key subcontractors in Aurora’s partnership with Virgin Galactic to build their Next Generation Motherships. Before joining the program management organization, Devon spent four years as a mechanical systems design engineer at Aurora. In this role, she worked on various mid-sized autonomous aircraft, including Centaur, an optionally piloted aircraft. Devon also serves as the President of the Aurora chapter of Boeing Women Inspiring Leadership (BWIL), organizing events, fundraisers, and mentorship programs to foster the development of female leaders at Aurora.

Devon majored in mechanical and aerospace engineering and now resides in New York City, where she enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with her cat, Miko.


Rachel Marek

Rachel Marek ‘17

Rachel has been working as a structural engineer since graduating from Princeton University. She began her career working in a bridge design and rehabilitation group at WSP in Westchester, NY. In 2018, she moved to NYC to join McNamara Salvia, where she worked on many building structures in and around NYC. During her time at McNamara Salvia, Rachel was enrolled in a part-time master’s program in Structural Engineering at Columbia University, which she completed in 2020. In 2021, she joined LERA, where she’s had the chance to work on complex projects such as the new ES+SEAS building at Princeton University, as well as projects in forensic engineering. She became a licensed Professional Engineer in January 2022. 

Outside of work, Rachel volunteers with the student outreach committee with SEAoNY. In her free time, she enjoy walking her dog Betty and spending time with her in Central Park.


Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller '15

Jacob is a chemical engineering researcher in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Catalytic Carbon Transformation and Scale-Up Center where he utilizes his training in fundamental chemical kinetics and reactor design to understand and scale up pathways that harness waste streams to create sustainable fuels and chemicals, with a focus on sustainable aviation fuel. His work primarily involves running lab-scale chemical reactions and conducting other fundamental process-essential studies to inform the development and design of pilot- and industrial-scale chemical processes. 

Between graduating Princeton in 2015 and starting at NREL in 2020, he obtained his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota. When not in the lab, Jacob enjoys running, hiking, skiing, reading, and spending time with his cat.


Fida Newaj


Fida Newaj ‘18

Fida is an electrical engineering graduate from the class of 2018. Fida currently works as a system integration engineer at Apple where he focuses on design, validation and root cause analysis of electronic systems in MacBook Airs. Before Apple, Fida worked on AR/VR projects at Meta and on aerospace electronics at Honeywell.