My name is Peter Lencioni and I am concluding my freshman year in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I am an Industrial Engineering major and I am very excited about having the opportunity to study abroad in Vietnam! Academically, my favorite subjects are the math and engineering classes, but I also enjoy taking some business and economics classes.
Personally, I am from Rochester Hills, MI which is about a five hour drive from campus. My hobbies include playing soccer, hiking, swimming, and traveling to new places. One of my favorite places to visit is Acadia National Park in Maine because I can do all of those activities at that one location. My grandparents live in Maine so I am able to visit that location every summer for a few weeks. I have an identical twin brother and an older brother who I love to spend time with, specifically playing soccer and also playing card games.
On a professional level, I worked a summer job last year for a soccer company called Motor City Soccer. I worked primarily in the warehouse helping with pressing logos on soccer uniforms and spirit wear, but I also helped to count inventory and distribute the merchandise to various locations to be sold. This summer, I have lined up an internship with Consumers Energy, one of the biggest energy companies in the state of Michigan. I will be a Cooperative Assistant in the Gas Engineering Intern Program, which I am very excited about.
The Plus3 Vietnam program is a joint effort between the engineering school and the business school at the University of Pittsburgh. The focus of this particular two-week program is development, and specifically globalization. As a group, we are planning to visit multiple engineering companies in trying to answer how they are connected to Vietnam’s growing economy, and what role each company plays in globalization. I chose this particular program because I have never been to Vietnam before, and I think it would certainly be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I also think the particular theme of globalization will help continue to expand my knowledge about the world. With that being said, I am hoping to learn a lot about the Vietnamese culture, and gain a better perspective of the world while acquiring a set of transferable skills that can be used for my future internships and jobs.
I look forward to keeping you all updated on my exciting experience in Vietnam starting on May 5th!