EdCC graduate named a Rising Star

Jan 24, 2019
Courtesy of: Kimberly Olson Kaitlin Ferguson graduated from Edmonds CC and now attends Washington State University Everett.

An Edmonds Community College graduate has been recognized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) with one of the national association’s Rising Stars awards.

Kaitlin Ferguson, 19, is an electrical engineering senior at Washington State University (WSU) Everett.

“I am incredibly honored and grateful for the support from the same community I am passionate to promote,” said Ferguson, who is from Brier. “SWE has given me numerous opportunities to excel and has motivated me to work even harder in 2019.”

Ferguson serves as the SWE president, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers secretary, a Boeing Scholar and a student ambassador at WSU Everett.

With other members, she assisted in planning the first student-organized engineering Dinner with Industry event at WSU Everett in the fall. She will accept the award at SWE’s conference in Bellevue in April during a formal awards banquet.

Ferguson held a quality engineering internship at Boeing during the summer, shadowing radio-frequency engineers. She will work full-time for Boeing as a laser and electro-optical mechanical design engineer upon graduation in the spring, working on military-grade, solid-state lasers.

“Kaitlin exemplifies the leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship of our Washington State University Everett students,” Chancellor Paul Pitre said. “She applies what she has learned for the betterment of her peers and her community. I am incredibly proud of what she has achieved.”


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