Gordon Fellow 2012
MS Industrial Engineering 2012


Food & Drug Administration – Winchester Engineering & Analytical Center


Mechanical Engineer

Undergraduate School

Union College

Undergraduate Major

Mechanical Engineering

When Lauren Brown graduated from Union College with her undergraduate degree she knew graduate school was in her future.

“I decided to join GEL because I was impressed with how much more the program offered beyond a traditional Masters of Science program. I was planning on getting my Masters, but GEL contributed to my professional growth and development in a way that other programs couldn’t have done. I appreciated that I was able to gain valuable experience in industry while pursing my degree. “

While pursuing her Masters Degree Lauren worked as an Engineering Intern at the Food & Drug Administration – Winchester Engineering & Analytical Center (FDA/WEAC) Her challenge project was the development of a risk based process for the analysis of high-risk medical devices.

“I was able to bring the knowledge and techniques I learned through GEL coursework and my Challenge Project to provide a different perspective about the way we look at our work.”

One of Lauren’s favorite aspects of GEL was being able to connect with the cohort and cadre.

“There was such a variety of experience levels in different industries and disciplines of engineering. No matter what the topic was, there was guaranteed to be an interesting discussion.”

Today Lauren is currently employed full time at the FDA/WEAC as a Mechanical Engineer.

“I am far more confident in my abilities and experience than I would have been otherwise, and I am more aware of what I can offer a company. In the long run, I think that I will be able to use my leadership skills to lead in various environments and I hope that will contribute to a successful career in the engineering field.”

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