How an Industrial Design Course Helped an Engineering Student Land an Internship at NASA

With only one elective left to fulfill her chemical engineering degree requirement, Monica Torralba ’18 decided to do something a little unconventional.

“I noticed that a lot of the other chemical engineering students in my class were taking business and marketing electives,” she said. “But I’m more of a hands-on type of person.”

After talking with some friends in the industrial design department in the School of Art + Design, the Bloomingdale, N.J., native and Albert Dorman Honors College student decided to take a mechanics and electronics class.

(Above) Monica Torralba studies the effects of plant growth responses to lighting, nutrient and water delivery systems.