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Nathan Barry

Nathan Barry

Architectural and Civil Engineering

Hometown: Butler, PA

Anticipated year of Graduation: 2014

Major: BS Architectural Engineering, MS Civil Engineering

Please describe your study/research interests and why.
For both my Bachelors and my Masters I am concentrating in structural engineering. I started with Architectural Engineering because it combined what I liked (architecture) with what I was good at (math and science). I decided to go with the structural concentration because I grew up around construction and I love to build things. I also enjoy the challenge of structural engineering. There are so many factors that affect how something is designed that it turns into a giant puzzle where all the pieces need to be collected before work can begin.

Please describe your co-op experience. Include where you worked, a brief description of your duties, and what you learned.
For my first co-op I decided to go back home in Western PA and work for a manufacturing company, Penn United Technologies. There I worked as metallurgist testing tungsten and silicon carbide to ensure that they met our client’s specifications. For my second co-op I worked for the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Philadelphia as an inspector. I had the opportunity of working on Hawthorne Park, the first new park in Philadelphia in over 100 years. My job was to document the daily progress of construction. As for my last co-op, I worked as a structural engineering intern at Ammann & Whitney where I was involved in several projects along the turnpike. While at A&W I was introduced to topics including bridge design, sign structures, and traffic control plans.

Please describe any extracurricular activities that you participate in.
Throughout my time at Drexel I have been involved in several extracurricular activities. In my sophomore year I became the Student Ambassador of the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI). In my senior year I am now the President of AEI planning the National AEI Student Conference. I have also been involved with the Steel Bridge Team, traveling with them to compete in the national competition in Austin Texas. For the past three years I have taken on the role of Theme Manager for the Concrete Canoe Team where I was in charge of the presentation of our canoe.

Please explain what you would like to do after graduation.
Upon graduation I intend on finding work in a timber design firm where I will work until I get my Professional Engineering License. Once I have my PE I intend on working in treehouse engineering. I would like to start my own firm where we not only build luxury treehouses but also travel around the world building shelters and other small structures in underprivileged societies.

Please explain what you like about Drexel’s Engineering Program.
My favorite aspect about the Drexel Engineering Program is our faculty. Not only do our professors have a vast wealth of knowledge and years of experience in their fields, but they truly care about the students. In addition to the faculty, I also enjoy the intense, high paced curriculum and the variety of engineering opportunities outside the classroom. The Steel Bridge team gave me the opportunity to apply and expand my engineering knowledge that I gained in my classes.