3+2 Engineering

David Robbins '16

I am currently working as a test engineer for LORD Microstrain in Williston, VT.  I am a member of the inertial measurement team, where I develop software for data processing, as well as design test equipment and protocols for navigation systems.  The position requires extensive programming knowledge across multiple languages, such as Python and LabView, a good understanding of rigid body dynamics, as well as a background in drafting and machine design. 

I completed the SMC-UVM Engineering Program with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Math. When I arrived at St. Michael's, I had no idea what direction my career path would take me.  My first year calculus class sparked my interest in mathematics, and inspired me to choose engineering as my career.  It still amazes me how much of the basic mathematics that I learned at St. Michael's I use everyday at my job.

Susan Molzon '12

I am working as a Senior Engineer for the County of Monmouth, NJ.  I am involved with the project management of new building construction projects for County-owned facilities as well as the design of roadway and intersection improvement projects.  I have completed a Master’s in Business Administration from Monmouth University.  

My education at SMC which combined engineering and liberal arts studies through the SMC-UVM 3+2 Program in Civil Engineering helped me to become a more well-rounded professional with skills beyond the technical engineering curriculum.  My interest in pursuing a master’s level business degree was first sparked by the economics and statistics courses taken at SMC.  

Alex Centofranchi '10

I graduated from Saint Michael’s College and the University of Vermont through the 3+2 engineering program. I work as a Civil Engineer for EIV Technical Services based out of Williston, VT. Once I have the necessary experience I am considering taking the exam to become a professional engineer (PE). Currently, I work on Vermont State Highway Construction projects. My daily duties include surveying, reviewing submitted plans and inspecting all physical work that is performed. I am responsible for tracking (often by calculation) installed quantities of materials and managing the projects’ budgets.

I use mathematics every day and having a strong foundation in math allows me to work more efficiently. The courses I took at Saint Michael’s were comprehensive and developed analytical and creative skills that I consider invaluable. Construction is fast-paced and unpredictable; being able to quickly solve problems, often without technological aids, is a necessity. Additionally, I frequently have to write memos, letters and amendments to contract documents. Engineers and mathematicians are stereotyped as being poor writers. I have been able to avoid this stereotype, no doubt, in part because of Saint Michael’s liberal arts curriculum.

Beyond the technical skills I learned at Saint Michael’s I was impressed by and benefited from the college’s community and culture. Professors know your name and care about your well-being as well as your academic success. It’s notable that volunteering is such commonplace. Saint Michael’s fosters intellectual and personal growth. A Saint Michael’s education will not only serve you well in any interview or job that you have, it will serve you well in all facets of your life.

Phil Pause '10

I graduated Saint Michael’s College through the 3 +2 engineering program with the University of Vermont and attended graduate school after that.  I am currently working for a company called StingRay Optics out of Keene, NH where I am part of the engineering team that designs and tests infrared optical assemblies that are used in a variety of military and science applications.

Going through the engineering program at Saint Michael’s college provides students with three key skills: one is an advanced understanding in mathematical concepts, another is an ability to problem solve, and the final is an ability to write analytically.  At StingRay Optics I use these skills everyday to analyze test data we get from testing the optical assemblies, problem solve ways to improve the assembly so we get better test results, and finally communicate the data to coworkers and customers.  Saint Michael’s gave me these tools so I can be a strong contributor to the StingRay Optics team and generate the results needed to make the company successful.

What makes going through the engineering program at Saint Michael’s unique is that students are required to take classes that require them to think analytically in other areas besides math and science.  This different way of thinking allows me to bring forth unique ideas at StingRay when the engineering team is trying to solve problems that arise during the design or testing process.  This is necessary so that we as a company can continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the optics industry.

Scott Hamshaw '06

I am a graduate Research Assistant at the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Civil & Environmental Engineering program. I study the application of advanced computational methods to solve environmental problems. My work is supported in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Switzer Environmental Fellowship. My research interests stem from a desire to respond to the challenges of water quality, flooding, and watershed erosion that became so evident from Tropical Storm Irene’s impact in Vermont. The storm impacted Vermont on the exact day I started my graduate program at the University of Vermont and continues to focus my effort on applied research related to natural hazards, erosion, and water quality. To date, my research has involved studying the vulnerability to mobile home park communities in Vermont to natural hazards; use of terrestrial laser scanners and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to measure and monitor stream bank erosion; and the use of artificial neural networks to characterize and predict suspended sediment movement in our river systems.

I completed the SMC-UVM Engineering Program with a major in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Math. Prior to enrolling in the graduate program at UVM, I worked as an engineer in a civil engineering consulting firm in Winooski and am a licensed civil engineer in the State of Vermont. While there, I worked on a variety of projects including stormwater design, erosion prevention, water distribution systems, and site development. With a desire to learn more about the science behind the different engineering areas I was working in, I left the firm and applied to the graduate program at UVM in order to obtain a M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering. After obtaining my M.S. degree, I felt there was still more I was interested in learning in graduate school, so I have continued on into the Ph.D. program.

When returning to graduate school in engineering I did not anticipate the amount of time I would spend devoted to learning statistical methods and how much I would enjoy it. It really is the core of my research now, and having a solid foundation in mathematics from my mathematics minor at SMC has allowed me to succeed in this research area. I also believe that my other classes I took at SMC that covered a broad subject area, especially my courses in geography, have helped me have a successful career as an engineer and research that can work with a diverse group of stakeholders and across disciplines.

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