Rochelle attended Altmar Parish Williamstown High School in Parish, NY. She participated in many clubs and activities among them senior class president and co-editor of the yearbook. She also worked at various jobs throughout high school and college. She was a high achiever in school and she had a very strong work ethic. She stayed on at the day care center she attended working until she was in high school. In high school she worked at Burger King, Walmart, Americorps, babysat occasionally and during the summer she would take on two jobs. She loved children and was a highly sought after babysitter. When she decided to go into engineering I told her I thought she would be a pediatrician. She told me she wanted to be an engineer so she could help everyone.
She graduated from high school in 2005 and entered the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY that fall majoring in Industrial Engineering. She also worked while attending college and joined the Society of Women Engineers. She enjoyed planning the overnights for prospective high school students at RIT and attending SWE conferences. Rochelle’s first internship was in Fulton NY working for Huhtamki Inc. She worked for John Deere in Iowa for her last 3 internships. Upon graduation from RIT with her masters in Industrial Engineering in May of 2010 she was hired full time with John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa. She was killed in a work related accident on March 10, 2011. Although she lived in Waterloo for a short time she actively participated in the Jaycees and the Society of Women Engineers. She was the Outreach Coordinator for the Cedar Valley Society of Women Engineers. She taught Junior Achievement Classes, she was a mentor in the TeamMates mentoring program in the Waterloo School District and she volunteered at a food pantry. She made the most out of every day and was devoted to her friends and family. She had many friends that traveled from all over country to pay their respects to her
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Class: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Major: E, ET
SWE membership required. University or College in New York, or home location in Iowa. Community involvement with planning and participating in events or other organizations preferred. High level of dedication and passion for their own community, organizations, and engineering in general preferred.