Career Profiles

Paths to leadership are not always straight forward.

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Corrie Johnson

Corrie Johnson started WVU thinking she would be an Aerospace Engineer, but transferred to Industrial Engineering because she thought it would be a better fit. She had a rough first year, but didn’t give up.

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Dave Baker

Dave Baker didn’t start college thinking he would be an engineer. Instead he thought of becoming a lawyer.

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Donald Suray

When Don Suray came to college, he thought he would get an engineering degree and return to his hometown of Weirton, WV and eventually become the plant manager of Weirton Steel.

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Frank Cerminara

Frank Cerminara came to America from Italy when he was 8 years old. When he arrived at WVU, he couldn’t believe how lucky he was.

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Gary Murdock

Gary Murdock came to WVU knowing he wanted to be an engineer. He chose Industrial Engineering because he liked the business aspect of IE.

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Matt West

Matt West came to WVU thinking he would be a Chemical Engineer, but wasn’t really firm on this choice of major. His older brother was a student in the college and recommended that Matt look at Industrial Engineering.

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Michael McClung

Growing up in Beckley, Mike McClung always had a keen interest in math, so taking the Engineering route out of college was a relatively simple choice for him. But choosing between the various Engineering disciplines was not so simple.

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Robert Johnston

When Robert Johnston came to WVU, he thought he would major in accounting or finance, but transferred to Engineering because he enjoyed science which was limited in his business program.

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Scott Gamble

Scott Gamble’s father was a great influence on his selection of a major. “Since I was good at math, my father thought engineering would be a good fit,” Scott says.

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Thomas Messmore

Tom Messmore probably had the qualifications to be accepted at Carnegie-Mellon and MIT as an undergraduate, but he came to WVU because of financial reasons. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to do for a career, but thought engineering was the best preparation for any
career choice.

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