Written by Steven Lincoln | May 10, 2015 | What Now




Claudia Smith presents information about her industry-sponsored senior capstone project.

As the College of Technology’s May 2015 graduates move into their careers, we are profiling a few and finding out their future plans and how they arrived at this point in their lives.

Claudia Smith, Evergreen Park, Illinois
Sales engineer for Molex, in Lisle, Illinois


Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology

Job duties

My job will require me to manage an assigned territory to achieve or surpass revenue targets. I will also be required to find desirable revenue opportunities and present to other business units for necessary support. I will also be required to continue the development of technical product skills to effectively sell a wide breadth of Molex offerings.

Purdue classes that helped Claudia prepare for her job

  • COM 318: Principles of Persuasion
  • ECET 460: Project Design and Development
  • OLS 284: Leadership Principles
  • ECET 381: Global Professional Issues in Electrical Engineering Technology

Other ways the College of Technology and/or Purdue provided preparation and assistance

The College of Technology helped provide me with assistance for this job by offering a variety of clubs to join. The Minority Technology Association was the most beneficial in my preparation. We hosted a variety of events that called for presenting and selling the college. This allowed me to improve my speaking skills as well as my social skills.

Thanks go to:

I would like to thank Professor Michael Jacob. He had the hardest and most time-consuming courses. Although they were hard, I definitely learned the most from his classes. He personally believed in me when I did not believe in myself, and he made sure that I never quit. I truly believe I would not have made it if it had not been for his tough love; I also would not be as prepared academically and professionally as I am.



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