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This reading is about the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Engineer of the Month, Allison Derocco. The ASNE Graphic Design Manager, Michelle Redmon, interviews Ms. Derocco about her career as an engineer.
Michelle: What got you into Naval Engineering? (What specific event or moment).
Allison: I hadn't really explored naval engineering until I learned about NSWC-Philadelphia division (Note: Experts like Allison use the abbreviation “NSWC-Philadelphia” for the Naval Surface Warfare Center division in Philadelphia) at a career fair my senior year at Villanova. In fact, most of my electives at Villanova were geared toward Aerospace Engineering. I started getting involved in ASNE within weeks of starting my career at NSWC-PD. I began volunteering at events and this May I was the Symposium Chair of ASNE ISS XII. Being involved with these events has only grown my interest in Naval Engineering.
Michelle: What is a fun fact most people don't know about you?
Allison: This is a silly one but, my life-long dream is to be on "Wheel of Fortune". I've actually auditioned twice, and made it to the top 20 my last time! Still trying...
Michelle: What is one engineer/scientist/mathematician dead or alive would you like to meet?
Allison: Marie Curie. She helped pave the way for women in the Engineering and Science fields. She is part of the reason I became an engineer. I would like to meet her so I can thank her.
Michelle: If you could engineer your perfect concession stand/food truck, what would it be?
Allison: First, I thought about designing a food truck that was completely autonomous, but I decided ordering food at the window and talking to the people is one of my favorite parts. My design would be a farm to table "no-waste" food truck. It would power itself using solar power and all the food waste would be composted to use back at the farm. We'd use all biodegradable components for plates/napkins/ etc. Also, it would serve gluten free items because I have celiac disease. :)
Michelle: Why are you a member of ASNE?
Allison: I am a member of ASNE because there are numerous benefits to being part of a professional organization. The classes and events that are offered give me a chance to keep my skills up to date, or learn something new. Also, I believe networking is an invaluable resource and being an ASNE member you are never short of networking opportunities.
Adapted from: http://www.navalengineers.org/Membership/Member-of-the-Month/2017/June-2017
Created by ASNE through a grant by the Office of Naval Research. Licensed: CC BY-SA 4.0