Never too young

CAA Board Member Hillary Emer and Genine Apidone, Director of Cooperative Education at the Case School of Engineering, connect after a Diversity in Engineering networking event in 2016.

From North Carolina, Hillary Emer shares her skill and enthusiasm with the Case Alumni Association. She’ll be honored at Homecoming with the Young Alumni Leadership Award.

A few years after graduating from the Case School of Engineering with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Hillary Emer ’07, MSE ’08, was back on campus, lending her insight on job searching with undergraduates as part of a Career Mentor Series.

Four years ago, she joined the board of the Case Alumni Association, becoming one of its few young professionals.

From her home in Cary, North Carolina, where she works for the online training company Relias while pursuing an MBA at Duke, she remains engaged with her alma mater and willing to share her time.

“I see it as way to give back,” Emer said, explaining that a Junior Senior Scholarship helped her to focus on school and achieve her goal of earning two engineering degrees. Plus, Case introduced her to many great friends, including a husband, Jeff Taggart, ’06.

“I also want to represent my generation and my gender,” she added. “The board’s great. But there’s a lot of older white gentlemen, retired,” she said, laughing.

They appreciate her spirit and her willingness to help. At Homecoming this fall, she will be honored with the Young Alumni Leadership Award.

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