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James Sato

Degree: Master's in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics in Drexel's Accelerated 5-year BS/MS Program

Graduation: Class of 2017

International Experiences:

  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - study abroad
  • Tohoku University (Japan) - study and co-op abroad
  • Water Resource Engineering (Venice, Italy) - intensive course abroad
  • Exploring Creative Economies (Iceland) - intensive course abroad

Current Occupation: Studying for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Thoughts about GES:
"I chose to get involved in GES because it gave me a framework to organize and reflect upon my international experiences. Living abroad is a very transformative experience, and I was having a very difficult time explaining to my peers at home how much I gained and changed because of these travels. Getting involved in GES allowed me to organize, share, and discuss my experiences with my peers."

What skills do you feel you have acquired through involvement with the Global Engagement Scholars program that other students may not have?
"GES taught me how to take advantage of a multicultural workplace. Living with people in different cultures and working with them has taught me skills to integrate myself in their culture, and maximize the effectiveness and novelty of our work using our different heritages. Working with international students at Drexel is one thing, but working with students and co-workers in their home countries develops your multicultural skills to an even greater level. These skills continue to help me during my doctoral degree, improving the quality of my interactions with visiting researchers from my lab's Korean partner labs!"