Senior Highlight: Spencer Hutchins, Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies

Spencer Hutchins is a 2022 graduate in our Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies Degree Program. He transferred into the program late into his degree pathway but finished with a cohort and faculty who provided just what he needed at just the right time. See his Q&A for more about his time at Purdue and next steps on the east coast.

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Q&A with Spencer

Spencer HutchinsWhat is your major and concentration?
Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies with the Engineering Science Studies concentration

Where do you call home?
I'm from Kokomo, Indiana

What led you to choose MDE/IDES?
The intimacy of the program paired with the care and attention from the professors and faculty make it a perfect place for someone with an interest in engineering to find their true professional path, despite how niche or complex. As someone who switched majors, I am grateful to end up here as I was able to find and finish my desired program with the help of some great peers and mentors.

What were you involved in while at Purdue?
Due to the fact I am a recent addition to MDE, I was unable to experience everything I may have wanted to that involves this program. However, I was a chairman for the Multidisciplinary Engineering Student Society, and I was also a member of a Purdue improv comedy Group called Ad Liberation. Both were excellent extracurriculars and I am incredibly happy to have been a part of them.

What is your favorite memory from your time at Purdue?
There are far too many to choose from, but one of my favorite recent memories is being invited and attending the MDE/IDES Awards Dinner. It was an honor to hear about Dr. Umesh Patel and his journey as well as see my friends and peers get awarded for their hard work!

What are your next steps after commencement?
As of mid-May, I will be moving to the New England area to start a job with a company called Eversource, the largest energy provider in the region. I will be brought on through a leadership development program that will enhance my skills for a year before being placed into an official position, more than likely being in the clear energy department.

Do you have any advice for the current/future students of MDE/IDES?
GET INVOLVED. The one thing that will help you enhance your experience will be to develop relationships with your peers and professors. Everyone here is so kind and willing to help, and keeping your brain busy via extracurriculars is so key to your mental health.

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