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Caleb Palagyi Named Cleveland State University Valedictorian

Caleb Palagyi ValedictorianWe're proud to have graduated one of Cleveland State University's Valedictorians, Mr. Caleb Palagyi, Summa Cum Laude. Caleb earned his Bachelor's of Electrical Engineering with a Mathematics minor, spring 2022. Caleb is enrolled in our 4+1 program and therefore will be returning fall 2022 to begin studies for a Master's in Electrical Engineering (AELG). Learn more about Caleb below. (Interview exceprts from this CSU article.) 

What is your favorite CSU memory?

My favorite CSU memory has been my senior design team.  Celebrating as our project worked for the first time, getting caught in a downpour walking to Vincenza’s Pizza, and working as a team in the MakerSpace, stand out as some of the most fun times I had at Cleveland State. All of this culminated in being awarded the second-place prize at the Senior Design Symposium for designing and building a low-cost digital music education kit for high school students.

What’s next for you in life and how has your experience at CSU prepared you for it?

While working full time at Rockwell Automation as an Associate Hardware Engineer in New Product Development, I will be completing a master’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus in power at Cleveland State University.  Without the Engineering Co-Op Fair, I likely would not have gotten my Co-Op at Rockwell Automation in Spring of 2020.

I hope to become a teacher sometime in the future. My time working as a tutor in the Math Learning Center, and as a teaching assistant in the electrical engineering department, helped me see how much I enjoy teaching and working with students.

What advice would you give to the next class, or even a freshman entering your major?

Much like the Law of Conservation of Energy, you can only get back what you put into your time at CSU. Especially in engineering, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have the drive to pursue a Co-Op, internship, or research opportunity, many of the professors, and even your classmates, will do whatever it takes to help you achieve your goal.

To read the complete article here. You will also find a link to Caleb's commencement speech. It is a must watch, as he "bridges" his expereinces and inspires others.

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