Leadership Academy Scholar Katherine Galko
Austin, Texas

Major and Graduation

Mechanical Engineering - Graduation Date: May 2024 

Short-Term Goals

My short-term goals are to learn as much as I can from my current classes and develop strong relationships with my professors and the rest of the Illinois Tech community. I want to start setting good habits balancing my academic and social life. Good habits will set a foundation for succeeding at IIT. I also want to start planning my 5-year co-terminal degree plan in order to ensure a clear path to graduation. I am also looking forward to joining clubs and organizations on campus. Actively participating in the community will give me real-world experience and build personal and professional relationships. Eventually, I’d like to be able to contribute to campus organizations in a leadership role. As well as being an active member of the IIT community, I hope to study abroad in order to gain global engineering experience. My more personal short-term goals include increasing my swimming skills as a member of the IIT swim team and achieving C1 and C2 German language certification through the Goethe Institute. During my time at IIT, I plan to gain the skills, experiences, and relationships to make the most of my time here.

Long-Term Goals

My long term goal as a mechanical engineer is to apply engineering practices and creative problem solving to improve the lives of people and create transformative solutions to global challenges. I believe that majoring in mechanical engineering will give me the skills and experience I need to achieve this goal. I plan to explore different engineering career paths toward this goal. I am interested in the space industry, where I could engineer rockets or planes and contribute to space exploration or aviation. Or I might go into environmental engineering where I could help to find innovative solutions to environmental issues, such as clean water and air and helping to create a more sustainable planet. I would also be interested in working on a Formula One team as a car engineer who devises safety and efficiency features that could be applied to car manufacturing or public transportation. I plan to narrow my focus through internships, research opportunities, and co-ops. Ultimately, I want to use my engineering skills to make a difference in the world.

Leadership Experience

  • Camaras Scholar - August 2020 to Present
  • Girl Scouts - Girl Advisory Board Member - 2019 to 2020
  • Destination Imagination Team Manager - 2019 to 2020
  • Congress Bundestag Youth Ambassador - 2018 to 2019
  • Families in Nature Youth Mentor - Junior Ecologist - 2013 to 2020