Electrical engineering student finds the artistry in problem solving

Contact: Liz VandenHeede

Senior Tessa Biondo pursuing her bachelor's and accelerated master's degree in electrical engineering.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Piecing together the puzzle of electrical circuits is what enticed Western Michigan University senior Tessa Biondo to pursue her bachelor’s and accelerated master’s degree in electrical engineering at WMU. Through connecting with professors, maintaining a full-time job and focusing on her studies, she has continued to explore the abundant opportunities at Western and in her field.

“What excites me the most is the versatility of electrical engineering,” says Biondo. “I have so many options I can explore to find one that I click with.”

Currently, Biondo is a technical intern with ZF Group in the core satellites department where she works on remote acceleration sensors that are designed for cars.

“During my time at ZF, I have worked on tasks such as programming, labeling, and testing parts to be sent to other departments or plants,” explains Biondo. “I am also learning how to use different testing equipment that mimic various environmental situations.”

Biondo’s creativity in deciphering and relaying information also manifests itself in her activities outside work and the classroom. Having a creative outlet among the rigors of her engineering coursework brings her respite after a long day of problem solving. While drawing, painting and crocheting are some of Biondo’s current interests, her artistry is exhibited best through her small business.

“I have always been a very creative and artistic person,” says Biondo. “I run a small jewelry business and create earrings, pendants bracelets and more out of wire and locally sourced natural stones.”

In addition to her small business and internship, Biondo has worked as a tutor on campus and as a teaching assistant for Dr. Javier Montefort-Sanchez, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

“As a tutor, I have to know how to relay information in different ways because not everyone learns in the same way.”

Biondo’s commitment to her studies and activities is unwavering. And that commitment is evident in her pursuit of a career.

“I have always wanted to work in the automotive industry,” explains Biondo. “But, since I still have some time to figure things out, I will continue to have an open mind about where I may end up.”

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