What makes Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture stand out from the crowd for those looking to get a degree?

We ask mechanical engineering major Makenna Mullen for her thoughts on what makes WSU such a special place.

Name: Makenna Mullen

Expected Date of Graduation: December 2022

Major: Mechanical Engineering



  • Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
  • Ralph and Gladys Lowry Scholarship
  • Distinguished University Achievement Award
  • Robert and Nancy Strong Graduate Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering
  • Boeing Peer Mentor Scholarship
  • Hauser-Emtman Endowed Honors College Scholarship

Q: Why would you recommend attending Washington State University? How have you benefitted by attending WSU?

A: I think what makes WSU stand out is the community here. Coming to Pullman not knowing anyone as a first-generation student, I’ve always loved the “Cougs help Cougs” mentality that gave me the welcoming environment I’ve needed to grow.

Q: What advice do you have for fellow or prospective students? What can you recommend they do to succeed in your major or at WSU?

A: Don’t be afraid to take some time to figure out what you like to do and find the communities that support you. University is one of the best times to grow and figure out who you are and who you want to be.

Q: What has been your favorite class, club, or program that you’ve been involved with at WSU, and why?

A: Society of Women Engineers has easily been my favorite club I’ve been a part of at WSU. I found such an amazing community and being able to serve as president last year was one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve been able to have in my time at WSU.