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Liam Hendricken, BS/MS, 2011

Liam Hendricken
Architectural Engineering; Building Systems Engineering

Microbial Risk Assessment of the Built Environment (MRABE) Fellowship under Department of Homeland Security 2008

After leaving high school unsatisfied with the amount of effort I put into my schoolwork, I was motivated to try my best here at Drexel University. The first step in this process for me was enrolling in the BS/MS program. This led me to take AE 550, Indoor Air Quality. While taking this course, my advisor told me about the MRABE Fellowship. I was very interested in utilizing my engineering skills in combination with an understanding of statistics and medicine to apply them to a certification, the product of completing the fellowship. A requirement of the fellowship is to work in a DHS approved research facility for two Co-op terms. I currently work at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, where I have begun research on Small Chamber testing, Volatile Organic Carbons (VOC's), and Methamphetamine Remediation processes among other things. As the requirement is to work in an approved facility for two Co-Op terms, I am required to stay an additional year at school. With the help and guidance of my advisor, the application process was fairly easy. I hope to leave Drexel in 2011 with a sense of satisfaction, knowing I put a lot of effort into my work in order to make a difference in the world.