Student Spotlight: Rob Enescu
Rob Enescu was born in Romania and came to the U.S. with his family at the age of 4. While in high school, he was torn between pursuing a career in business or one in engineering.
Although he enjoyed math, science and economics, Enescu also became engaged in math and physical sciences such as chemistry and physics after enrolling at College of DuPage. He said engineering “felt like a good fit” for him. He was particularly inspired by the success of an older cousin who came to the U.S. at age 17 and, initially speaking very little English, put himself through engineering school. His cousin now works as a project manager at Caterpillar, Inc.
In 2015, Enescu became the first student not currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to be accepted into the university’s prestigious Hoeft Technology and Management program.
“I was extremely lucky and very excited,” Enescu said. “I was able to bridge the gap between technical engineering and practical business experience, while networking with classmates with similar interests.”
While preparing for the comprehensive and competitive interview process to the Hoeft program, Enescu was introduced to Hoeft program alumni and former Navistar Prototype Engine Build Manager Brian Schmidt. The mentorship came about through a connection between Schmidt and his coworker Mark Farone, who also works as an adjunct professor of Physics at College of DuPage. After Enescu’s application earned him an interview for the Hoeft program, Schmidt began mentoring him to prepare for the interview.
“Robert accomplished something very special in his acceptance to this prestigious program,” Schmidt said. “The Hoeft Technology and Management program is very selective and highly sought after by many business and engineering students. I think his success is a great testament to the rigor and quality of the academic programs and activities at COD. Robert is a shining example of the caliber of student COD is capable of producing.”
Enescu, who worked as a Peer Tutor at COD, completed the Engineering Pathways program, which offers guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is set to enter UIUC this fall. Enescu plans to earn his bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Technology and Management. Upon graduation, he hopes to obtain a manufacturing position in design and engineering while actively working with the advertising, marketing and sales departments.
He knows he made the right decision in choosing College of DuPage, which was both affordable and had a high-quality Engineering program.
“College of DuPage has given me as many, if not more, opportunities than I would have received anywhere else,” said Enescu, who was also a member of the College’s Engineering Club. “COD offers extraordinary opportunities for engagement and leadership, with outstanding and knowledgeable professors who really go the extra mile for students. The College is a great path to take to be a successful student and the school also prepares you to be a successful professional.”
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