Tyler Rigby

Tyler is a mechanical engineering major at Penn State Behrend, where he founded and serves as president of the school’s Materials and Manufacturing Group (MMG). He is also the top student in his mechanical engineering class. Tyler has taken classes such as heat transfer, machine design, machine dynamics and system dynamics. Involved with SME for more than 11 years, he is also a member of AIST, SAE and ASME at Penn State Behrend.

Tyler has held multiple jobs on campus, all while maintaining a 3.92 GPA. As an undergraduate manufacturing research assistant, he worked on a high-strength steel project to develop the next generation of high-strength, low-alloy steels. All the while, he remained a mathematics and engineering tutor in the Penn State Behrend learning center.

After his freshman year, Tyler worked as a mechanical engineering intern for SMS Siemag, in Pittsburgh, where he was responsible for 3D designs for assemblies within the melt shop area of the steel mill. As a mechanical engineering intern for Nucor Steel, in Norfolk, Neb., Tyler completed multiple worker safety projects while also leading material handling, duct work and prototype design projects. In addition, he took part in OSHA training courses. As an engineering intern at Nucor Steel Yamato, in Blytheville, Ark., Tyler will work in the melt shop where steel beams and strip are manufactured.

Tyler’s educational goals are to graduate with the highest grade point average possible and to finish within the top 5 percent of his class. His career objectives are to complete his internship with Nucor Steel, and to participate in extended research on manufacturing high-strength steels in a better and more economical way.

Tyler expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering by May 2017. He plans to enter the workforce directly out of college, and will consider pursuing a master’s degree. Once he enters the workforce, he hopes to take on larger projects in leadership positions at a manufacturing company.

Tyler is following in the footsteps of his father, who has worked in the manufacturing industry for his entire life. “Manufacturing is a huge part of making our everyday lives better,” says Tyler. “As an engineer in manufacturing, I get to take part in helping improve society.”