As a soon-to-be 2013 Stevens graduate, Teddy Poppe of Quincy, Mass. will head to Washington, D.C. this summer to begin a full-time career as an affiliate engineer in Verizon’s competitive Leadership Development Program, working primarily on FIOS and wireless development.
Poppe, who will earn a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.E. in Systems Engineering this May, is ready for the challenge.
“Stevens has a great five-year master’s program that provides a well-rounded education and makes students very well-prepared for life after college,” he said.
Poppe – who was personally recommended for Verizon’s program by a university leader – impressed in many ways as a Stevens undergraduate.
The Student Government Association (SGA) president, he oversaw more than 95 student organizations and a $1.2 million budget.
“This position brought all sorts of new challenges, but I think I was able to handle them well, and I think that we truly improved the SGA as a whole during my term,” Poppe said.
He also started Stevens’ first-ever Golf Club; held positions within in the Gear & Triangle student leadership society, Order of Omega Greek leadership society, and Sigma Nu fraternity; and did charity work for Up ‘til Dawn, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Poppe’s volunteerism during Hurricane Sandy earned him the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Stevens Campus Police, and he was also honored for his civic engagement and leadership on campus at the 2011 Stevens Student Leadership Awards brunch.
A member of Stevens’ Cooperative Education program, Poppe also gained work experience as an employee of two companies as an undergraduate student – L’Oreal Paris and ITT Electronic Warfare Systems.
At L’Oreal, Poppe designed custom tools and processes for production machinery, led an efficiency improvement initiative, and performed other manufacturing engineering duties.
At ITT, Poppe – who, as a youth, wanted to design fighter jets – worked in the circuit card assembly division, turning blank circuit cards into anti-radar systems for military use.
Given the mark he left on so many aspects of Stevens, Poppe was the obvious choice to address the Class of 2016 at the university’s 142nd Convocation ceremony in September 2012. There, he urged incoming freshmen students to make the most of their time at Stevens.
“This is your home; it will only be as good as you make it, and you will only get out what you put in,” he said during his speech.
Now Poppe is ready to leave his Stevens “home” and embark on his future at Verizon, thanks to the excellent preparation he received at his alma mater.
“I think I’ll find myself ahead of the game in work experience and overall engineering knowledge,” Poppe said.
He hopes to one day become a leader at Verizon.
“Like many Stevens graduates before me, I see myself staying at Verizon for the long haul,” he said.