Soaring Beyond: Kenneth West

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MEET KENNETH! He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Energy Engineering in May 2020. He is currently working as an Associate Manufacturing Engineer with Lockheed Martin. 

We asked Kenneth some questions, advice for current students, and how UNT helped him to succeed and SOAR BEYOND!

When you started at UNT, what were your plans after graduation? How have these plans changed? Since I was a young child, I’ve had a natural aptitude for engineering, taking apart everything from toy cars and TV remotes.  I even gave myself a dimple on my check as a toddler from falling on a screwdriver I was carrying around.  In high school, I decided I wanted to study mechanical engineering after participating in FIRST Robotics competitions, but I was unsure what I wanted to do professionally as an engineer.  I did know that I loved all things mechanical and would have a long road ahead of me if I was going to make a living out of it.  While at UNT I participated in Formula SAE, a Collegiate Design Series competition where students design, build, and test the performance of a real race car and then compete with other students from around the world.  It was here that I discovered my passion for designing high-strength, lightweight structural components that are found in many vehicles and aircraft.  Formula SAE helped me refine my interests and pursue a career in aerospace.

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