5 Under 5 April 1-, 2018 6-8 PM

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL and PURPOSEFUL

A panel of five alumni, five years out of school

Find out what you can expect after graduation at “Five Under Five.” This candid discussion will feature five recent graduates from the College of Engineering. Hear how they are using their degrees and get a glimpse into what your future may hold.


Catherine Mays, '17, B.S. Environmental Engineering
Catherine is a current Environmental Engineering Master's student at Oregon State University, where she is researching the prevalence and persistence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment. She completed her undergraduate degree at Oregon State as well, where she was involved with the College of Engineering Student Council as the Vice President of Development and was an active member of the Engineering Leadership Academy. Her professional development included participation in undergraduate research, where she studied the plausibility of treating landfill leachate using sequencing batch reactors, and completed a summer internship in the water business group at HDR Engineering in Portland, OR. Catherine currently lives in Corvallis, OR, as she completes her graduate degree.

Mark Geniza, '17, B.S. Chemical Engineering
Mark is a Product Engineer at Inpria Corporation, an Oregon State University Department of Chemistry spin-out. Mark is a 2017 graduate of Oregon State University where he was involved in the CBEE student club and the College of Engineering Leadership Academy. Mark had internships in the construction, nuclear and sportswear industries during his time at OSU and he currently works in the semiconductor industry living in Corvallis.

Lauren Brush, '17, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Lauren is a Chassis Engineer at Daimler Trucks North America where she develops the structural design of semi-truck components through CAD programs, recommends design modifications to current products to maximize efficiency, and works to create trucks companies want their drivers riding in. While at Oregon State, Lauren was an active member of the College of Engineering Leadership Academy, worked as an ambassador for the college, played IM sports, and created the outdoor website "That Hiking Girl." She now lives in Portland, Oregon with three other OSU alumni.

Claire Cushing, '17, B.S. Energy Systems Engineering
Claire is a Project Engineer at Cascade Energy, an industrial energy efficiency consulting firm. Most of her work is related to centralized ammonia refrigeration systems. She works with utilities, vendors, and site personnel to identify, quantify, and verify energy-saving opportunities. Her work involves data analysis, report writing, relationship management, and on-site data collection.Claire attended Oregon State University, at both the Corvallis and Bend campuses. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the College of Engineering Leadership Academy during her time on the main campus. Claire was a student employee of the Industrial Assessment Center in Corvallis, and of the Energy Systems Laboratory in Bend. Claire now lives and works in Portland.

Liam Wong, ‘18, B.S. Chemical Engineering
Liam is the process engineer/production and purification chemist at Valliscor, a local startup, where he helps produce and purify Valliscor products, optimizes the production process, and develops process designs for increasing throughput for a rapidly growing company. A graduate of Oregon State University where he was an Engineering Ambassador, a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation tutor, and participated in MECOP. Liam lives in Corvallis.