Jerin Thomas graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at UNT in 2016. he currently works for Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut as a structures engineer.
How has your Degree helped your career?
My degree provided me with the fundamentals required to excel in my career.
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career?
I was part of the flight test team during the Engine validation for the Airbus 320NEO program.
What new skills you have gained?
Since I started working as a Structures engineer, I have learned to run structural analysis on various components used in a jet engine. I have also been part of few flight test missions where I got to fly in test aircraft and help validate our systems.
What is your favorite UNT memory?
Final Semester at UNT I remember standing in the engineering building somewhat upset because I was having trouble registering for a class I needed in order to graduate, Dr. Kuruvilla John clearly saw that I was upset and walked over and said: "Don't worry, will figure it out". I guess out of everything going on that day, I just needed to hear that from someone. So thank you, Dr. John.
What is your ultimate long-term goal?
Make things fly faster.
What is your advice for future MEE UNT students?
Engineering is hard, there would be many sleepless nights, countless mental breakdowns, and you'll have to face many failures along your way. Help your peers that are struggling around you, because sometimes we all need help. Ask for help when you need it, you can't solve all the real world problems by yourself. Apply to several internships every semester, and secure at least one before you graduate.