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Anne Crago and Emily Schneider

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Women in Engineering

A plasma cutter, a mill, and a lathe are examples of the hands-on tools Anne Crago and Emily Schneider learned how to use during their time together at the Island University. Crago and Schneider, who became best friends while pursuing their Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, now use their education and talents as aerospace engineers whose work helps support the armed forces.

“The military is near and dear to our hearts,” said Crago. “The services we provide directly support the men and women who serve our country and I find it exciting to be a part of a team with such an important mission.”

Crago and Schneider are proud to represent women in the engineering field and say that having an engineering degree is what made them so marketable. Schneider graduated in May 2014 and immediately began working as an Aerospace Engineer for LESCO Logistics while Crago began working for Torch Technologies as an Aerospace Engineer in August 2014. Both use the real world skills they learned at the Island University to secure jobs for contracting companies that support the Corpus Christi Army Depot. Through their engineering courses, they learned to hone their math and science skills to create usable engineering designs.

“As a Mechanical Engineering student, I was able to take core and elective classes like Introduction to Aircraft Aerodynamics and Performance,” said Schneider. “This class is what sparked my interest in aerospace.”

With access to the industry tools and innovative research, the Island University provided the pair with the opportunity to stay current in important emerging technologies such as ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). For her senior capstone project, Crago gathered aerial surveillance data using an unmanned aerial vehicle that was launched from a high altitude balloon. Schneider believes that these and other experiences helped them foster their love for the field of engineering.

The two, who spent a majority of their time at the University’s machine shop, say their hard work has definitely paid off.

“The University's community-like environment helped me grow as a student and as a young adult,” said Schneider. “Texas A&M-Corpus Christi gave me the structure and determination to do my best in every aspect of my life.”