Katie Van Orden

"I'm really excited to utilize all the fantastic opportunities that the Pinnacle Scholars Program offers..."

Pinnacle Scholars 

Pinnacle Scholarships reward the most exceptional Stevens students with extra opportunities for research, faculty mentoring, entrepreneurship, overseas study, cultural experiences, leadership seminars and more.

Meet Katie Van Orden

1. Where are you from, and what are you studying at Stevens?

I'm a Mechanical Engineering major with plans to concentrate in biomedical engineering and possibly minor in computer science. I'm from Allendale, NJ, and I'm involved with the Stevens Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, and Orchestra as well as the Society of Women Engineers, and I am currently a new member of Theta Phi Alpha.

2. What have you found most challenging about Stevens, and how are you overcoming that challenge?

The most challenging part of Stevens is learning to balance classwork with all the extracurricular activities I am interested in while also enjoying everything that Hoboken and NYC have to offer. It takes a lot of planning and scheduling, but I have found a way to get all my work done, stay involved on campus, and still have some free time on top of that.

3. What most excites you about your Pinnacle Scholarship?

I'm really excited to utilize all the fantastic opportunities that the Pinnacle Scholars Program offers, like the stipend for summer study abroad or research. This summer, I'm planning on doing research on campus in the area of high dimensional prosthetics. I was also fortunate enough to be selected for the President's Leadership Seminar class, and I have really enjoyed the speakers we've met (and the opportunity to get to know President Farvardin!)

4. What are you interested in pursuing after you graduate?

After I graduate, I plan on working in the field of bionics, specifically in the areas of prosthetics and exoskeletons.