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Max Swahn recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in April of 2018. While attending Pitt, Max concentrated in Engineering Management.
During his studies, Max noticed the importance of organization, teamwork and proper communication, which are sometimes overlooked in the field, alongside the more technical skills. As an engineering professional, he embodies two key components: technical wherewithal and excellent people skills. Swahn understands that in order to solve many of the tough technical problems, it often requires a teamwork approach keeping in mind that two brains are always better than one. To make the most of these opportunities, it’s essential to practice good communication and be able to clearly outline your ideas and thought processes. He honed his social skills via outreach with the Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations club on campus. It also gave him an opportunity to take his skills and make a tangible impact on the Pittsburgh area.
No matter the setting, be it in a lab, factory or corporate background, newly employed engineers don’t often have the firsthand experience like the plethora of professional and hands-on experience Max obtained over the last four years at Pitt. Through clubs, internships, and research positions, he gained invaluable skills and expertise.
Swahn’s role as a researcher at the nanoproduct lab is one experience that stands out in particular. Under the supervision of Dr. Bedewy and Dr. Sanchez, he has worked on research focusing on light-induced sequential self-folding manufacturing. Swahn’s position with the lab strengthened his technical, teamwork and communication skills and he can apply these skills to any future professional setting.
Max enjoys bodybuilding and living a healthy lifestyle in his spare time. While on campus, he worked as a Bodybuilding.com Campus Ambassador. In the position, he promoted new products and the website through sampling and planned activities. He also ranked in the top 10% of all ambassadors nationwide as a result of his productivity points.