Carolyn Pfrank — Indiana State Presidential scholar, technology center advocate and distinguished alumna — recently visited her alma mater to help ignite girl’s dreams of potential in the College of Technology’s “FIT for the Future” event.
“I love to come back to events like this, because I can help promote this program to the next generation,” Pfrank said. “The hardest thing about technology in general and packaging specially is that it is not an obvious major that everyone knows about. It can be a hard sell. People don’t always know right away why they should be interested in this.”
Today, the 2005 graduate is a packaging engineer for Baxter Pharmaceutical Solutions, a contract pharmaceutical manufacturer that produces clinical and commercial vials, syringes and cartridges. Pfrank chose packaging because how hands-on it is and each job opportunity brought on a chance to create new products and destroy them in the name of project testing, she said.
“I love the variety of the jobs. I have worked with three distinctively different materials, corrugated, plastics and now printed materials. I can move around, try many different things and live anywhere I want,” Pfrank said.
Outside of work, Pfrank trains her two border terriers for a variety of performance events and is actively involved in the Indiana 4-H dog program.
Looking back at her time at State, Pfrank described two influential individuals that made her experience a great one.
“Marion Schafer, a packaging professor, was always so fun to interact with, and Bev Bitzegaio helped push me on my soft skills and being able to present to any crowd,” she said.
Because of these influential advisors through her State experience, Pfranksaid she is well equipped to not only succeed in her day to day-to-day responsibilities, but also set an example for the future leaders of her industry.
“If I can spark one person’s interest, my time and trip back is completely worth it,” she said of her visit to campus. “Plus, I always have so much fun!”