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Alyssa Berding

Undergraduate Student
Hometown: Austin, TX
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Computer Science, Psychology

Don’t be afraid or give up if you fail. Failing is part of engineering, and if you can learn something from your failure, then it wasn’t really a failure after all. 

Why did you choose to study electrical and computer engineering?

I love the logic that is firmly ingrained in every aspect of electrical engineering, and I find that solving the obstacles set forth in electrical engineering provide a demanding and satisfying challenge. Additionally, this field is at the forefront of current and future technologies, and is very innovative and creative, something I appreciate and took into consideration when choosing my major. 

Favorite Purdue ECE class (so far!) and why:

I really enjoyed Signals and Systems (ECE 301). This class introduced me to what it really meant to be an electrical engineer, beyond just solving circuits. It involved a lot of math, and analytical problem-solving skills, two things I love!  

Best event or organization you’ve participated in within ECE?

I have been a member of ECE ambassadors for several semesters now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. As an ambassador, I have had the opportunity to network with visiting alumni, give presentations to FYE students about ECE, and provide tours to prospective students and their families.  

Best event or organization you’ve participated in outside of ECE?

Phi Sigma Rho, the women in engineering sorority, has provided me with some wonderful memories outside of academics, and has introduced me to so many amazing women. In this organization, I have been able to participate in philanthropy events, community service and even Grand Prix.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a potential Purdue ECE student?

Don’t be afraid or give up if you fail. Failing is part of engineering, and if you can learn something from your failure, then it wasn’t really a failure after all. The courses in Purdue ECE can be challenging, but extremely rewarding if you put your all into them.  

Who is someone in industry that you look up to and why?

Ginni Rometty has always inspired me, ever since I was able to hear her as a keynote speaker at a conference. She, like me, pursued a degree in electrical engineering, and started working at IBM early in her career. She worked her way up, gaining several prestigious leadership positions and eventually became president and CEO of IBM. I find her leadership skills to be inspirational and a standard to work towards.  

What is your ultimate career goal?

I believe that part of my goal as an engineering student is to remain a student for my whole life, continuously learning. From this gained knowledge I want to endeavor to create something new that will help at least some people.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I love to hike, and generally just love doing anything outdoors. I will also read anything I can get my hands on, and enjoy writing. Playing piano is also one of my favorite things to do.

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