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Abbott has head start in booming industry

When AndAndrew and Heather Abbottrew Abbott (14) earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology (Design and Manufacturing) he was entering a field that analysts expect to thrive in Kentucky in the coming years.   

Abbott was MSU’s Student Government Association president in 2013-14. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and served as its president in 2012-13. He credits his time in leadership positions at MSU to his ability to lead a team in the professional world.  

“I attribute a lot of my leadership qualities to those two organizations. Those organizations took me to places I’d never been, both physically and as an eager future leader,” Abbott said.   

Since April 2019, Abbott has worked as an engineering manager at Cooper Standard in Mt. Sterling and previously worked at Hitachi Automotive Systems in Berea as a production engineering senior manager. He said the knowledge and skills he gained at MSU have helped him in his career.   

“I especially enjoyed the computer-aided drafting (CAD) instruction I received at MSU,” Abbott said. “I started my career as a tooling design engineer, where this was a crucial part of my expectations. In my role now, I’ve found more value in the project management classes I took because of schedule attainment and resource management.”  

A recent report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and the labor market analytics firm Emsi projects that engineering jobs are expected to increase by 11 percent over the next decade, creating approximately 3,000 jobs. Positions in manufacturing, engineering technology, industrial engineering and civil engineering will drive growth in the job market.   

Morehead State offers a wide variety of engineering technology programs to allow students to shape their education to suit their specific interests. The School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) is offering a new bachelor’s degree in systems integration engineering, as well as five new and revised programs in computer science (data science, cybersecurity, computer gaming, computer engineering and advanced topics). We also offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in space systems engineering that put students on the cutting edge of aerospace technology.   

One of the things Abbott said benefitted him most is the mentorship he received from faculty members in MSU’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.   

“I found that both (Dr.) Nilesh Joshi and Dr. (Ahmad) Zargari are more than willing to invest their time and experience in students. They played a large role in my education and I thank them for that,” Abbott said.   

For information about programs in MSU’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/secs, email seis@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-2418.  

To learn more about MSU’s programs in space systems engineering, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/phes, email phes@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-2381.  
Photo: Andrew Abbott met his wife, Heather Abbott (13) while attending MSU. He proposed to Heather during MSU Homecoming 2014 at the Little Bell Tower.