In 2017 and in 2018, Billy McGivern ’11 and Ron Morovek ’11 took time from their busy schedules as engineers for Rolls Royce and drove from Indianapolis to come to Brother Rice for Career Day (Billy in 2017 and Ron in 2018). Here are the Alumni of the Month, Billy McGivern and Ron Morovek.
Billy McGivern ’11
I always had a knack for math and science and being in the proper environment at Brother Rice, I was able to explore what was possible with that skill set. After a lot of back and forth, I decided to study mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After four hard but fun years in Champaign, I earned an internship and then was offered a full time role at Rolls-Royce in the Engineering Graduate Development Program, a rotational program to explore opportunities within the company before committing to a long term position.
After two years of experiencing roles in Sub-System Combustion Testing, Tool Design, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing Process Improvement, I took a role within the Defense Research and Development Division of Rolls-Royce, known as LibertyWorks, as a Mechanical Design Engineer. In this role, I’ve had the opportunity to focus not just on a single component or system but to solve a multitude of varying system level problems and truly explore what it means to be an engineer.
Ron Moravek ’11
I am a Field Service Engineer for Honeywell Aerospace, supporting United Airlines in Chicago. This position places me close to the daily operations of one of the world’s largest airlines.
I graduated from Brother Rice in 2011 and pursued my BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Illinois, I leveraged the interpersonal skills I gained at Brother Rice to distinguish myself amongst a sea of qualified engineers. These communication skills yielded my summer 2014 internship at Rolls-Royce, where I interacted daily with colleagues on three continents. After completing my degree in spring 2015, I began a nearly four year journey at Rolls-Royce that afforded me the opportunity to live in California and visit England. During my time as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Rolls-Royce, I helped develop solutions for military, civil, and industrial gas turbines.