Meet our Secretary, Morgan McCullough!

Morgan is am a 2nd Bachelor's student, so she is here to say it's never too late and everyone's journey does not look the same. Her first degree was in Pharmacological Chemistry and her goal was to become a Pharmacist. After working as a Pharmacy Technician for about 2 years she realized this wasn't for her. Upon graduation she worked for the County of Los Angeles before she went back to school to become a Chemical Engineer.

Morgan worked as a Research Assistant in the Green Technology Lab at CSULB where she studied Capacitive Deionization of wastewater. This past summer and fall semester she did a Chemical Engineering Co-op with Dupont Electronics and Industrials in Semiconductor Technologies. She led Pre-Safety Start-up Reviews, Hazard Evaluations and Design Reviews. Morgan was assigned and closed capital improvement projects worth up to $100,000. She improved safety and production performance of chemical manufacturing processes. Morgan enjoyed working with her coworkers to solve problems and spending time on the production floor.

Why did you pick your major?

"I chose chemical engineering because I have always enjoyed chemistry and math. I wanted to apply those disciplines to something in the real world that I could be hands-on and have many diverse opportunities to make a difference in the world. "

What is your favorite course?

"My favorite project was in my Green Engineering class where we simulated a biofuel plant on PRO/II. We chose to use agricultural residues left over in corn fields to have the least impact on the environment and because corn is the most produced agriculture in the US. I learned a lot about financial projections through SAM and worked as a team of 5 to accomplish a semester-long project that we were all proud of. "

Why are you in SWE?

"Right before I started at CSULB I asked a current Chemical Engineer for advice and she suggested joining SWE. I joined right away and attended meetings and Evening with Industry during my first semester. In preparation for evening with industry I learned valuable networking skills and got one-on-one help to get my resume on par for the event. SWE has such a welcoming and supportive community and I wanted to provide that for others. I joined the SWEet Committee and shadowed the Treasurer. I was elected FY21 Treasurer and FY22 Secretary. SWE has helped build my confidence and create many opportunities for my professional career as an Engineer. "

Advice for women in STEM:

"My advice for women in STEM is it's ok not to know. It's ok to not know exactly what you want to do. It's ok to not know the answer to every question. Society idealizes "perfect" but there is no such thing. You have to keep working hard, stay positive, and learn from your experiences. "

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