Kendall Cheval ‘19
Major: Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Back in my hometown, you’d likely find me on the volleyball court, playing my favorite sport, which is why being able to play for Clarkson while earning my undergraduate degree is the best of both worlds. Clarkson actually discovered me playing in a national qualifier volleyball tournament in Las Vegas and I’ve been playing on their team for the past three years as outside hitter. While balancing volleyball and school can be tough at times, it’s definitely doable. It just takes time management, organization and some truly amazing professors to make it work.
I’m majoring in both aeronautical and mechanical engineering – basically following in my grandfather’s footsteps. He also worked in aeronautics and really opened my eyes up to the industry. I hope to work in the defense side of aerospace once I graduate. I’ve been fortunate to already complete an amazing internship with Pratt & Whitney where I worked in the military cell, organizing incoming parts and making sure they were where they needed to be at a certain time. Occasionally, I also got to code their Praxair plasma spraying machine to repair parts that were chipped or scratched. It was such an educational and fun experience. Eventually, I hope to work for a company like Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop, Grumman or General Dynamics.
So far, my favorite engineering class at Clarkson is Statics with Dr. Kuxhaus. She really helped make the material tangible and interesting, which isn’t always the case when learning about statics. Dr. Kuxhaus really made a point of ensuring we understood all of the material and I feel like that class really gave me a solid grounding in engineering mechanics.
One of the main things I’ve noticed by being a Clarkson student is how many doors seem to open for me and my friends. The career fair that they hold every semester is really worthwhile. There are so many eager companies there excited to hire Clarkson students – either for internships or even jobs for graduating seniors. They do a really great job connecting current students with alumni and I’m excited to continue that connection when I’m an alumna one day.