Senior Highlight: Laura Zerla, Visual Design

Laura Zerla, a 2022 senior in our Multidisciplinary Engineering Degree Program, will take her next giant leap as a mechanical engineer for an architecture and engineering firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In her Q&A, Laura provides insight into why a concentration in Visual Design Engineering and how she found her fit at Purdue.

Laura Zerla and Team

Q&A with Laura

Laura ZerlaWhat is your major and concentration?
Multidisciplinary Engineering with a concentration in Visual Design and PLM minor

Where do you call home?
Fishers, Indiana

What led you to choose MDE/IDES?
I chose MDE because I have always loved art and engineering, and I think Visual Design Engineering is the perfect combination of creativity, design, and engineering principles. MDE let me choose classes I loved relating to design, CAD, and drawing that I would not have been able to take otherwise.

What were you involved in while at Purdue?
Throughout the last four years, I have been involved with Boiler Awakening, a student-led Catholic Retreat, and the PSPE Chain Reaction Team, a team that builds Rube Goldberg Machines.

What is your favorite memory from your time at Purdue?
One of my favorite memories at while at Purdue was throwing my own barn dance with my friends. One of my friends lives on a farm in Lafayette, so we all got together, cleaned out the barn, got all dressed up, and danced to music the whole night.

What are your next steps after commencement?
After graduating, I will be working as a Mechanical Engineer for an Architecture and Engineering Firm called Design Collaborative in Fort Wayne. I will do a lot with building design/mechanical systems (like HVAC).

Do you have any advice for the current/future students of MDE/IDES?
My biggest advice is to get involved! Classes can be difficult and overwhelming. Meeting people through clubs or study groups helps you grow your network, develop a support system, and make college a little more fun.

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Art Barn Dance