Industrial engineering student wins Outstanding College Student of the Year Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit

Riana Manabat

Riana Manabat, an industrial engineering student at Wayne State University, is one of three individuals receiving the Outstanding College Student of the Year Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). Manabat will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a complimentary one-year student membership to ESD.  She will be honored at the annual ESD Award Dinner on June 20.   

Since January, Manabat has held a co-op position in Harman International’s program management division. She works within the company’s lifestyle audio department, which designs audio systems for cars. After she graduates in May 2019, she hopes to work in program management for a tech giant such as Amazon.  

Manabat has held leadership positions in a diverse set of student organizations.  Throughout her first three years at WSU, she served as the president, vice president and treasurer for the Engineering Student Senate (ESS). During her time with ESS, she worked on a plethora of student outreach and engagement events, including the annual Engineering Honors Convocation.   

During her sophomore year, she served as the vice president of external affairs for the Filipino Student Society. Though this position, she networked with Filipino societies at other universities and served as a WSU representative at their events.   

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