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Pickens McConnell, Katherine Rose

Scholar In Residence


Research Areas research areas



  • Career Development, Industry/Academia Connections


courses taught

  • COEN 3930 - Engineering Internship/Co-op
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021 / Summer 2022 / Summer 2023
    Students enrolled in this course participate in a pre-approved internship or cooperative education program with an employer that allows them to explore the relationship between theory and practice and demonstrate evidence of significant learning (e.g., academic assignments and employer/sponsor evaluations). Pass/Fail only. Up to 3 credits may apply towards BS degree program's Free Electives (even if student has multiple enrollments in this course and/or COEN 4950). Students should contact the CEAS Extracurricular Programs Manager for more information. Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required.
  • MCEN 2000 - Mechanical Engineering as a Profession
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides an introduction to the profession of mechanical engineering Specific topics addressed include career opportunities in mechanical engineering, internship search skills, expectations for professional behavior in the classroom and in industry, and current events/ethics topics relevant to the field. Course format may include additional evening/weekend activities.
  • MCEN 5930 - Professional Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    This class provides a structure for Mechanical Engineering graduate students to receive academic credit for internships with industry partners that have an academic component to them suitable for graduate-level work. Participation in the program will consist of an internship agreement between a student and an industry partner who will employ the student in a role that supports the academic goals of the internship. Instructor participation will include facilitation of mid-term and final assessments of student performance as well as support for any academic-related issues that may arise during the internship period. May be taken during any term following initial enrollment and participation in ME graduate programs. Department permission required to enroll.