My name is Karina Padilla, and I just started my senior year at the University of Houston as a mechanical engineering student. This past summer, I interned with General Electric (GE) Power in Schenectady, New York as a mechanical design intern. This was my second internship with GE; I worked for their Water and Process Technologies division as a manufacturing intern in Summer 2015. Throughout both of these internships, I gained valuable skills all while making life long friends.
At GE Power, I worked with the generator engineering team, and my projects encompassed almost every aspect in the design process – design, testing, and cost analysis. Through my design project, I was granted the opportunity to apply for a patent. I had to present my design to senior engineers and patent lawyers to be considered. Thankfully, it was approved by GE, and I have been working continuously with the lawyers since then in order to create the application that will be submitted to the US Patent and Trading Office.
My favorite part of my internship was creating relationships with coworkers and other fellow interns! Everyone was very welcoming and always willing to help. Furthermore, my advice to everyone is to not be afraid to speak up and ask questions. I was hesitant to show my peers the design I created with the fear of being rejected, but it all turned out greater than I expected! If I wouldn’t have faced my fears, I would have never gotten approved to apply for a patent.