Britney Davis ’15 COE understands the power of a Villanova engineering education and how it acts as a catalyst for success in the future. She is a woman making tremendous impact within the College of Engineering through rapidly expanding opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.
Britney, a Philadelphia native, who also minored in Business and Engineering Entrepreneurship, discovered Villanova University through the Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Summer Engineering Institute – a three week program designed to introduce high school students of diverse backgrounds to the fundamentals of engineering. A spark was lit, and Britney enrolled in Villanova University the following year.
In the classroom, Britney took on the challenges posed by her professors as opportunities to capitalize on the fundamentals. “I learn by doing. Everything I take on is an opportunity to learn something new, develop myself and (to) help someone else along the way. If I do not put myself out there, I do not know what I am fully capable of until I do it for myself.” Through an internship with Dow Chemical Company in Illinois and another as a process automation engineer in Texas, Britney put her Villanova education to work and gained real world experience.
Outside of the classroom, Davis assisted in reactivating the Villanova University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), an organization dedicated to stimulating student interest in engineering and increasing the number of minority students studying engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels through various outreach programs, workshops and communications on campus and within local communities. These programs are among the academic innovations the College will continue to grow and expand through support raised in the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.
Over the course of a year, Britney worked to reignite the chapter’s activity, exposing young people at several schools to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “I feel as if it is my duty to expose the generations to come to these programs.” In recognition of its positive impact in the community, the Villanova chapter was awarded $7,920 by Dow Chemical Company through the Dow Promise Grant. Additionally, the group was awarded the Region II Small Chapter of the Year Award from the NSBE.
After graduation, Britney was accepted into the Management Development Program at Precision Castparts Corporation in Gardena, CA. Upon graduation from rotations, she hopes to secure a permanent role within the company.
Learn how you can support more students like Britney through the College of Engineering’s campaign page.