“College is such a fun time when everyone is in a new environment, and all experiencing new things together,” said Alaina Jante, a mechanical engineering senior at MSOE. “Joining clubs to meet people with similar interests, as well as making an impact on MSOE and the surrounding community has been such a key part of my college experience.”  

On that note, it’s no wonder that her advice to freshmen is to get involved—and she has certainly heeded her own advice. Jante is a resident assistant for the University Scholars Honors Program; a senator (and past president) of Student Government; a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Lambda Zeta Nu Sorority; and now she is part of the first cohort of students to become CREATE Fellows. 

“I wanted to become a CREATE Fellow because I love MSOE and I want to make others fall in love as well. The CREATE Institute serves to centralize the MSOE Mindset and really show off all that an MSOE degree has to offer,” she said. Not only does it benefit MSOE internally, but also externally, and I am really looking forward to being part of such a new and promising program.”   

Jante is also excited to work closely with staff and faculty outside of her major (mechanical engineering) and help connect underclassmen with all the opportunities MSOE and the Milwaukee community have to offer.  

“The thing I enjoy most about MSOE is the close-knit atmosphere. With such a small campus, it is quick and easy to walk to class, professors teach to a small class size and are extremely approachable even outside of the classroom, and it’s nice to always see a friendly face on the sidewalk.”  

For Jante, it seems the sky is the limit. She obtained her first internship the summer following her freshman  year. She worked as a mechanical engineering and marketing intern at StarTek Lighting America, modeling, designing and drawing parts of industrial LED lights in Gurnee, Illinois, where she is from. The next summer, she shifted gears and interned at Montevideo Technology Inc. in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin as a manufacturing intern, where she helped with industrial engineering projects to improve efficiency on the production line. Her most recent internship was as a production engineering intern at The Boeing Company in St. Louis, where she supported production of wings for the 777X, which will be the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet.