What do you like most about your job?
What is your favorite Rose memory so far?
What are you most proud of from your time at Rose so far?
What do you enjoy most about working with international students?
What do you enjoy most about working with study abroad students?
How do you like to spend your free time?
I love to travel, which I do for my job as well as for fun. So far, I’ve been to 49 countries. When I do travel internationally, I try to make good use of every moment and especially love early morning and evening walks. You can see and experience so many things as the world awakens. In Vietnam, for example, my early morning walks have resulted in a vigorous game of badminton with locals--nets are stretched across the sidewalks early in the day--and I was horrible, and ballroom dancing in a park.
A couple of years ago, I set a goal of visiting at least one museum a week. I visited 67 museums that year and didn’t miss a week.
Rebecca Bercich is an associate professor of mechanical engineering whose areas of expertise and research are in assistive medical devices, mechatronic systems, and plastic recycling technology for closed-loop economies. Bercich has earned teaching awards throughout her graduate studies and served as a guest speaker at Women in Engineering programs that encouraged high school students to explore STEM careers.
The pandemic hasn’t kept Rose-Hulman’s Society of Women Engineers student chapter members from reaching out through other creative ways to introduce girls to STEM fields, especially those with academic programs on campus. The students’ YouTube video series have been a big hit, maybe even Oscar worthy!