Augsburg or Bust!

Hey everyone! My name is Lucas and I am currently a first-year student studying here at the Swanson School of Engineering. In addition to a mechanical engineering major, I am pursuing an economics minor, and eventually, intend to pursue a minor in industrial engineering. Additionally here, I have been involved in clubs like the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Club Cross Country, and the Formula SAE racing team.

I hail from a Webster, NY, a suburb of Rochester bordering Lake Ontario. I live there with my younger brother Evan, my mom, my dad (a Pitt alumni), and my dog, Maury. Last year I graduated from Webster Thomas, one of two high schools in our town. There, I ran track and cross country, and even made it to State Qualifiers for the triple jump! Over the summers, my family and I travel up to the St. Lawrence River, where I get to ride on my Kawasaki Jet Ski that I rebuilt from scratch with the help of one of my former shop teachers.

Evan, Mom, Dad and Me
Maury the Dog
Riding on the Jet Ski

One of the reasons I was able to rebuild the jet ski was because of my knowledge of motorized vehicles. As long as I can remember I’ve had a huge interest in them. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am obsessed with anything that moves, which is why I am so excited to be studying mechanical engineering. When I saw that Plus3 Germany would be studying the automotive industry there, I knew that it was the perfect trip for me. German carmakers have always been a step above everyone else, and I am looking forward to learning first hand what makes them the best. Being able to see the ins and outs of their production processes and the business supply chain there is super exciting, and I can’t wait!

In addition to my excitement about the car industry, I am ecstatic to be immersed in an entirely different culture. I have been abroad once before, having traveled to France and Italy with my family. That was such an amazing and eye-opening experience, and I feel like I am a better person because of it. I hope that these two weeks will do all this and more, helping me to become a more well-rounded person with a better understanding of different business practices, ideas, and cultures.

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