On Thursday, November 8, four alumnae came to St. Joe to share their pathways to careers in engineering with the current students. Over 65 students and teachers attended the event.
The alumnae shared what motivated them to pursue a career in engineering, how they maintain work-life balance along with the training and projects in which they have been involved.
Maggie Bowman ‘08 graduated from Missouri S&T with a degree in Civil Engineering. After college, she moved to Seattle, Washington to work for the Boeing Company. While working in Seattle, she completed her Master’s degree in Engineering Management online through Missouri S&T in May 2017. Since moving back to St. Louis, she now works as a Liaison Engineer for the Boeing Company, supporting the defense side of the company.
Laura (Marxkors) Brames ’08 has been working as an engineer in the healthcare field since 2012. Upon graduation from St. Joe in 2008, Laura attended Saint Louis University and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Using her education and experiences from summer internships, Laura joined the Edison Engineering Development Program with GE Healthcare in 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Edison program is a two year rotational program, in which Laura held four different engineering roles. These included software, systems and operations engineering. Laura currently works at Cardinal Health as a Research and Development Engineer in the electromechanical group. In her current role, Laura uses her engineering skills on developing the next generation enteral feeding pump.
Sofia Chkautovich ’11 attended SIU-Edwardsville and received her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. While completing her degree, she interned for a St. Louis-based engineering firm, who then hired her full-time after graduation. She spent two years there working in site design and ADA data collection. Now, she is a Systems Engineer and Data Manager at the Boeing Company, where she supports military aircrafts.
Kourtney Kostecki ‘13 attended Iowa State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Genetics. During her time at Iowa State, she had several internships with Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company in St. Louis, in their Cell Line Development group. She is now working for Confluence Discovery Technologies, a drug discovery company that targets inflammatory diseases, doing cell and molecular biology.