Ellen Kintz
Ellen Kintz
Year: 2013
Hometown: Westerly, RI
High School: Kintz Academy
Position: Skipper

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Why did you choose to come to the Coast Guard Academy? The missions of the Coast Guard were very appealing to me. I wanted the chance to have a job that would be meaningful and interesting. The Academy allowed me to have this opportunity and get an engineering education at the same time.

How long have you been sailing? How did you start sailing? I have been sailing recreationally for longer than I can remember, but I only began competing my sophomore year of high school.

What is your favorite thing about the sailing team at Coast Guard? I like being able to work with the new team members, especially those who have never sailed before coming to the Academy. The new sailors often have a huge amount of drive and it is great to see how much they can learn in so short a time.

What other activities/positions/clubs are you involved with on campus? I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers club and the St. Francis de Sales Society. I have held two cadet staff positions in the barracks: MAA and Department Head.

What are your future sailing plans and career goals after graduation? My ideal post-graduation sailing experience would be to sail off in a dinghy and go exploring the local area with a picnic lunch. For my career, I am hoping to earn an assignment as a student engineer on a medium-endurance cutter after graduation. If I like engineering I will try to stay in an engineering career path, otherwise I will switch to one of the many other specialties. There are so many opportunities available in the Coast Guard that it is hard to learn about them all until after graduation.