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Cydney (Anderson) Rechtin graduated from NC State in 2015 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Paper Science and Engineering.  We recently reached out to Cydney to find out about her experiences here at NC State, her career and advice for current students.  Thanks for your time and your willingness to share.

Internship & Co-Op Experiences While at NC State:

  • Domtar, Bennettsville, SC: Spring 2013
  • Ashland (now Solenis), Atlanta, GA: Summer 2014

Favorite Class:

  • PSE 360; Reactors

Best Memory at State:

  • Getting engaged to my college sweetheart, Carter (also a PSE grad), in the brickyard the day before graduation!

Worst Memory at State:

  • Losing to Carolina or Duke in any sport ever.


  • TAPPI, AICHE, WISE, SummerSTART mentor, running

Favorite part of PSE Program:

  • The people! The lifelong family you make in your professors and classmates is what keeps you coming back for more.

Most important thing PSE taught me:

  • Your greatest advantage in your career is networking. That doesn’t necessarily mean that knowing everyone will open infinite doors, but it does mean that you should uphold your reputation as an honest and talented engineer

Current career information:

  • GP – Bleached Board Project Engineer

Years at current job:

  • May 2015

What is your favorite part of your current job: 

  • Optimizing machine and quality parameters using statistical process control and teaching our mills how to do it properly–it’s why I’ve decided to go back to school for a PhD in ISyE!

Biggest accomplishment in your career: 

  • Assisting in successfully developing and optimizing new product grades for our business.

Advise for Current Students:

  • Be curious in your studies and on your internships. Intellectual curiosity drives innovative thinking, and innovators are needed in this industry.

What other positions have you held:

  • I will be attending graduate school in August 2017 to work towards earning a PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology.

Personal Information:

  • Hometown:Richlands, NC
  • Family: My husband, Carter, and our cat, Scarlett, compete for my attention regularly! The cat usually wins :). My husband and I are both NCSU grads from the PSE program. We met in Dr. Byrd’s PSE 201 class where I reprimanded Carter for being late to the final exam before accepting a dinner date with him.
  • Hobbies/interests: Running! I am obsessed. My second hobby is reading Australian novels that have bits of real history scattered throughout the fictional stories. I do not enjoy learning about history, but I’d like to visit Australia soon and feel as though I should know a thing or two about the country’s history before making myself welcome there.

By guest blogger Taylor Krakuszeski