Ayanna Gardner

Hometown: West of Philadelphia (not born, but raised!)
Major: Engineering Technology
Class Year: 2021

From Marine Corps to Market Street

“I joined the Marine Corps out of high school and served as a flight line mechanic with a CH-53E squadron. It was that job that piqued my interest in Engineering Technology. I wanted to set myself up to be able to pursue a career that was a good balance of hands-on and theoretical engineering.”

A Legacy of Success

“One of the reasons I chose Drexel was that my father is an alum. He still works with Lockheed Martin, which is the company that he had a co-op with at Drexel!”

Co-Op in the Age of COVID

“My first co-op was working for my department! I worked with a team to take some of the labs offered and move them to a virtual reality platform after everyone transitioned to remote learning.”

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