- BS Mechanical Engineering 2010
Perry Wilson is a 2010 mechanical engineering graduate with much success in his field. Perry has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies, and during his time at tech participated in a number of organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and was a part of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Why did you choose Michigan Tech?
Long story made short: I chose MTU because of the effort the university put into recruiting me to come. The university sent an alumni to my high school scholarship awards ceremony in Birmingham, AL to present it to me. Very unexpected but well appreciated.
Tell us about a memorable experience you had during your time at Tech.
Being from Alabama and seeing a limited amount of snow during my lifetime, Winter Carnival made for a ton of memorable moments.
How well did Michigan Tech prepare you for your career?
I would say that I am a success based on my definition of what success is to me, and I believe MTU had a hand in the process.
What was your first job after graduation and how did you secure it?
My first career job was working for CSX Transportation as an Assistant General Foreman in their Mechanical Operations
Tell us about a few of your career highlights and notable achievements.
During my short 8 years of professional experience, I’ve had the pleasure of working for three Fortune 500 companies: CSX Transportation, Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin, Amazon.com. I’ve worked on and
designed Commercial and Military helicopters, worked on locomotives, and help to develop and motivate hundreds of employees at Amazon to become the best versions of themselves.
What advice on being successful would you give to Tech students and young alumni?
Soooo many that I could give but I’d say to create your own definition of success and make it personal.