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Jake Eppehimer

eppehimerMy name is Jake Eppehimer, and I am a 2013 graduate of the Grand Challenge Scholars program with a focus on making solar energy economical. Through the program, I became involved with Engineers Without Borders, where I got my first experience as a leader in an engineering environment - I served as the Vice President for 2 years. With this experience, and my focus on solar energy, I was able to secure my first internship with GE Energy. This internship led to a new internship the next summer, with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles. That second internship granted my admission into a highly-selective leadership program at FCA, which fully pays for my graduate schooling at Purdue. Although my career has deviated from my grand challenge, I surely attribute the program with guiding me along a successful path. I plan to eventually become more involved with solar energy again through extracurricular involvement.