Erica Magnuson will receive a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree in industrial and systems engineering, graduating with High Distinction. Upon admission to UM-Dearborn in fall 2014, Magnuson was a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. She was awarded University Honors in 2014, 2016 and 2017. She was a recipient of the William J. Branstrom Prize in 2015 and named a James B. Angell Scholar in 2018. She has been named to the Dean’s List eight times.
In recognition of her leadership and service, Magnuson was recognized as a UM-Dearborn Difference Maker in 2017. Also in 2017, she was awarded the Ford Motor Company Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship that is awarded to only 10 students across the country.
Magnuson has been very active on campus and in CECS. She has served as president of Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society and holds leadership positions in several organizations, including Phi Sigma Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Golden Key International Honor Society, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and Society of Women Engineers.
Magnuson was an orientation leader for incoming students, a Wolverines Orientation Wilderness (WOW) camp counselor, and has been an Engineering 100 lab assistant since 2016. She has served as a CECS peer mentor in mathematics and has worked with K-12 STEM outreach programs, introducing grade school students to the fundamentals of engineering. She has volunteered with CECS at Maker Faire Detroit and with the Society of Women Engineers at the Girls FIRST Robotics Competition. Magnuson also worked with other CECS student leaders to bring a Girl’s Engineering Exploration Day to campus in the summer of 2017.
Magnuson has held three engineering co-op positions at DTE Energy since 2016, where she has worked in various departments on continuous improvement projects and on research opportunities for system efficiency in cost reduction and time optimization. Upon graduation, Magnuson will begin a full-time position as an associate engineer in the continuous improvement group at DTE Energy.