Celebrating Our Graduates! Leigh Witek, theatre engineer bridging artistic vision and technical execution
|Event Date:||December 14, 2020|
We asked Leigh a few questions earlier in the semester before for her next giant leap.
Why did you choose Theatre Engineering as your concentration in Multidisciplinary Engineering?
I chose Theatre Engineering because I was determined to find a career that could combine my loves for storytelling and solving complex problems. My passion for design lies in translating the visions of multiple stakeholders into a cohesive, functional, and safe product. With the fast-paced and collaborative nature of entertainment, I get to do both and put a smile on people's faces.
Photos Circa May 2019: Leigh is working on an electrical component (second photo with Janna Jackson, '19 MDE Theatre Engineering) for a stage machinery competition hosted at Purdue. The shop, competitions, and work completed by students for theatre productions are located in Pao Hall.
What are your future plans?
I am in the interview process looking for careers involving the development and integration of automation solutions. Down the road, I am hoping to build skills in project management. I learned a lot from my internship at Creative Conners fabricating automation equipment and loved working directly with clients and bidding for projects at PRG Las Vegas. I am hoping to once again combine my skillsets as a project manager with an engineering background.
UPDATE: Leigh will be working as a controls engineer at J.R. Clancy in Syracuse, New York. She will be working on circuit design, programming, and commissioning for theater automation systems.
In January 2020, Leigh was a recipient of the Outstanding Senior Academic Achievement award.
Do you have a favorite memory in Multidisciplinary Engineering?
I was fortunate to meet many alumni at the MDE/IDES 50th anniversary event. I got to see many different applications of our degree program and hear great stories from alumni about their time at Purdue. This was also a great weekend to plan and execute with my senior class.
Photo circa September 2019 at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and Multidisciplinary Engineering.
With a passion for your field in mind, what makes your heart sing?
My heart sings when I see people enjoying a project I worked on. I just hope that whatever I design makes the user's day a little better.