What are your future career aspirations?
Right now, I’m leaning towards being a developmental engineer in the air force which means I could be doing anything from research and development to test engineering. Ideally, I’d like to be a project manager working with a group of contractors, acting as the guy who “connects the dots” for all for all of them. I’d like to work on projects that have a tangible product, whether that be ammunition, jets, or humanitarian aid vehicles.
How has your academic experience at St. Thomas shaped those aspirations?
In general, just being in the mechanical engineering program has been great in guiding me towards a career. I have a fascination with material science which greatly influenced my research, but before I took a materials class I didn’t think much of the field. I figured that all other types of engineering are dependent on something else, like electrical engineering is dependent on something that has an electrical holster, such as a circuit. Whereas material engineering relates to everything! Everything physical is made from some type of material. Material engineering is just the study of those materials and how their properties interact with each other. I was so fascinated with the subject because it’s very specific, yet general in the fact that it applies to everything.