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Student Spotlights

Sarah Andrieux

My name is Sarah Andrieux, and I am from Reading, Pennsylvania. I am currently a fourth-year junior with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Green Energy and Sustainability. My first co-op was at Exelon's Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station as a Systems Engineer, where I was able to put on an anti-radiation suit and climb inside a nuclear reactor! My second co-op was at Lockheed Martin as a Systems Engineer, where I helped design a naval defense weapon. In addition, I recently returned from a study abroad program in Germany in which I was able to work in state-of-the-art research labs. Finally, I will be graduating in June of 2021, and I plan on going into the green energy and technology field, possibly moving back to Germany as well.

Rasheem Clark

My name is Rasheem Clark and I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I started attending Drexel University in fall 2016. My major is Mechanical Engineering and I hold a double minor in Music and Engineering Leadership with an emphasis in management.

So far in my undergraduate career, I completed two co-ops. My first co-op title was Construction Services Intern at Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. where I was trained in technical report writing and cost data analysis. My second and most recent co-op was as an Engineering Technician at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). At this co-op, I worked in the machine shop where I manually operated various machine tools in order to assist scientists and facility faculty in various mechanical designs and experiments. I also contributed in designing catwalks for the USDA's Cooling Towers, which involved using AutoDesk software and Mechanics of Materials' structural analysis.

I have held several leadership roles in my undergraduate career and am part of the Engineering Leadership Scholars Program (ELS) where I am trained to lead/mentor within my engineering field of study as well as my community. I recently joined the Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) program at Drexel which seeks to engage students across all majors in hands-on research opportunities. I am currently part of a research project titled Measuring Air Quality with Kite-Based Sensors under Dr. Richard Cairncross from the Chemical Engineering Department.

I occasionally volunteer at non-profit organizations such as Riverfront North Partnership doing shoreline cleaning. I am also an active viola player involved in both Drexel University Symphony Orchestra (DUSO) and Drexel's Chamber Strings. My anticipated graduation date is June 2021. My plans post-graduation include working at a company of my choice while attending graduate school for either Business Administration or Biomedical Engineering.

Neil McNair

My name is Neil McNair from Philadelphia, PA. I started Drexel in fall 2016. I am currently in my junior year majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and pursuing an intermediate fluency certificate in French. During my summer in the Students Tackling Advanced Research (STAR) program, I worked in a nanomaterials lab where I helped my graduate student mentor develop a new material of its kind for electronic applications. For my first two co-ops, I worked at the Research & Development Center of PQ Corporation, a silica-based company in Conshohocken, PA. I helped with beer and specialty adsorbent research for the first one, and glass beads and conductive metal particles for the second. After graduation, I hope to work in the polymers industry, helping to design and synthesize new products.

Jazmean Williams

My name is Jazmean Williams from Ewing, New Jersey. I began my undergraduate studies during fall of 2015. I am currently majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a degree concentration in Tissue Engineering. One of the main goals for my academic career at Drexel was to gain research experience. My participation in Drexel's STAR Scholar and LSAMP programs gave me the foundation to embark on a multitude of research opportunities including completing a six-month stem cell internship in Wellington, New Zealand. I have also been able to present my research at various STEM conferences including the American Biomedical Research Conference (ABRCMS) in which I placed among the top three presenters in my category and the Greater Philadelphia LSAMP Research and Mentoring Conference. I am currently in the works to complete my first manuscript based on my research in New Zealand. My anticipated graduation date is June 2020 and after graduation, I am open to pursuing an advanced degree or entering industry.