Carnegie Mellon University
April 10, 2014

Michelle Couste: Blending Theatre and Civil Engineering

Michelle Couste: Blending Theatre and Civil Engineering

Michelle Couste (BS ’15) is taking the skills she has learned in CEE and applying them to her work in theatre with Scotch’n’Soda. Michelle joined Scotch’n’Soda as a freshman when she met two other CEE majors who welcomed her into the organization, excited that another CEE was interested in joining. Now, as a junior, Michelle is working as Assistant Master Electrician for the Carnival Show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Michelle is actively involved in many organizations on campus and has been making her mark on Carnegie Mellon since she arrived. She is a Resident Assistant in Stever House this year and was selected as the Community Advisor for Donner next year. She is also the Service Chair for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) executive board and serves as co-president of Engineers Without Borders.

Michelle credits her time in CEE for preparing her for her larger role in the Scotch’n’Soda production this year. “I learned to make Gantt charts in Intro to CEE, which has been exceedingly useful,” she explains. “Additionally, much of my work in CEE has been in groups, which has helped me develop an affinity for diffusing tension.” Michelle also took the skills she learned in the department to help set up lights for the electrics crew and credits lab reports for teaching her the importance of precision. 

With Carnival 2014 rapidly approaching, Michelle is thrilled for the show. “I’m really excited for all my friends to come and see the show because I’ve been working really hard on it. Getting to watch it with my friends who aren’t involved with the show will be really rewarding.”

Tickets are still available for the performance which runs from April 10-12.