Wellington alumni frequently return to their alma mater to share professional expertise with current students. With diverse career paths spanning the globe, Wellington graduates have distinguished themselves in the fields of science, law, government, and business, to name just a few. Recently, 5th graders were invited to visit NetJets, a private aircraft company, by alumna Sophia Mohr ‘91. Vice President of Owner Experience at NetJets, Mohr arranged for Wellington students to have a full tour of the facility, including boarding one of the jets. Interestingly, Wellington grandparent Paul Tibbets was a founder of the company when it started more than 50 years ago.
Alumnae Andrea Wanamaker ‘08 and Aashika Katapadi ‘15 visited Wellington to talk with 3rd graders about careers in engineering. Wanamaker is a biomedical engineer at The Ohio State University and Katapadi is currently a student at the university, majoring in chemical engineering.
“An engineer thinks of a problem,” Wanamaker explained, “and how it can be solved.” She then discussed various engineering fields and emphasized that not all were science-related. While Wanamaker is a researcher focused on helping amputees and Katapadi is interested in drug and material design, they encouraged students to consider pursuing careers in engineering even if their interests lie in the arts. Both alumnae discussed the importance of teamwork in their line of work and the tremendous rewards in helping others. “Everything we do is to benefit humankind,” Wanamaker said.