From Campus Dining to Aerospace, Vetland Makes Most of Opportunity

Emma Vetland working in a lab
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Emma Vetland has worked diligently to earn her successes. The material sciences and engineering major is chronicled in Penn State News for her hard-earned path through life and academia.

Straying from a family tradition, the senior at University Park took a liking to polymers instead of focusing on a career as a tug boat operator, being the first of her family to attend college.

"I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I decided to attend a school that had a lot of options that were all good," said Vetland to Penn State News.

One of the options Vetland chose, however, she credits as being a major factor in her success - working for Campus Dining.

The culinary team leader worked her way through the ranks at Pollock Dining Commons to earn a position overseeing 38 staff members. Once in the position, Vetland used her academic knowledge to increase staff efficiency, merging operational teams.

Before taking to a career manufacturing airplanes, Vetland continues in her position with Campus Dining, overseeing day-to-day operations as well as staff scheduling and training.

More on Emma Vetland's story can be found through Penn State News -

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