Featured Galante Fellow: Heather Cheung
Heather Cheung is a fifth-year Northeastern student who has been a part of the Galante Engineering Business Program since 2019. Within Galante, she has been the information session coordinator since last year. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering Management. In her time at Northeastern, Cheung has had the opportunity to co-op and intern at companies such as Raytheon and ENGIE. Early in her career at Northeastern, she found she was passionate about the management side of engineering. Cheung applied to the Galante Program to expand upon her knowledge in the business aspects of engineering.
At Raytheon, Cheung worked in Operations & Proposal Management and stayed on part-time as a proposal manager for almost a year after the end of her co-op. There, she earned her Lean Green Belt Certification by working on a project to standardize the proposal process. As a proposal manager, she learned a lot about business development and management and found a passion for project management.
Cheung’s second co-op was at ENGIE Services U.S. as a Project Development Engineer. She handled the Project Development and Project Management of commercial & industrial lighting and HVAC projects. At ENGIE, she was able to grow her passion for energy conservation and found her role in helping companies reduce energy consumption very rewarding. At ENGIE, Cheung had the opportunity to work with a variety of unique organizations including the New Balance manufacturing facility in Lawrence, Milton Academy, and Tufts Dental.
In addition to her co-op experiences, Cheung has been involved in the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority since her freshman year and has been Vice President of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society for two years. She is now focused on her Capstone Project, creating Virtual Statistical Thinking Modules. She has been working with MIE Professor James Benneyan to bring statistical engineering techniques into the healthcare industry and teaching professionals how to view processes differently. The ultimate goal of their project is to educate healthcare professionals about natural versus unnatural variation.
Cheung will be graduating in May 2021 and hopes to pursue a role in management. Her favorite event as a member of the Galante Program was the event featuring Nancy Zupick from Rockwell Automation. She would like to emphasize how important it is to enjoy the college journey and to not worry about things outside of our control, “It is truly bittersweet to know this may be my last semester as a student EVER!”
By: Renuka Kannan ’22, Galante Storyboard Coordinator