ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
Q: Why did you choose to attend Penn State? Are you glad that you did?
Both my parents went to Penn State which played a big influence on me not to mention I was not super excited about any of the engineering schools New York State where I went to HS. It was the best decision of my life.
Q: What advice do you have for potential students considering attending Penn State and EMS?
EMS provides top notch academics and cares for their students like one might find at a smaller school, while still getting all the benefits a greater Penn State offers
Q: What was the favorite/best class you took at Penn State and why?
The environmental engineering class (can’t remember the name) that had the Petroleum Engineering professor Bob Watson that I liked so much inspired me to switch from environmental to petroleum engineering
Q: Who was your favorite EMS professor or the one who had the greatest impact on you and why?
Bob Watson, understood the oil business, not just the academic aspects and technical analysis.
Q: How did Penn State help prepare you for your career?
After spending most of my youth in a small town, gave me the confidence and ability to be successful in the bigger world.
Q: Did you career turn out as you planned?
Better than I could have ever imagined
Q: How would you describe the quality of education you received at Penn State?
Very high quality, whether it is learning from the coursework, fellow students, or what the environment can teach you about life such as good thing I didn’t pursue any collegiate athletics and stayed academic.
Q: Did you participate in any extracurricular activities like student clubs, organizations, internships, sports, study away or study abroad? Did they have any impact on you/your career? How?
Internships helped me the most in getting a job after college.
Q: What is one thing you wish you would have done or taken advantage of at Penn State?
Learned sooner that asking for help isn’t a weakness, it is a strength
Q: What one piece of advice would you like to give to students who are graduating?
Unless you work alone, long term success is about how well you work with others more than how intellectually smart you may be
PENN STATE TRADITIONS
Q: What is your favorite Penn State tradition?
Where the “We Are” originated from and represents
Q: What’s the best thing about being a Penn Stater?
The recognizable quality of education and college experience
Q: What is your favorite memory of your time at Penn State?
Lots of great memories, the energy and tailgating on football Saturdays outside beaver stadium
Q: How do you show your Penn State pride now?
Majority of my casual wardrobe is PSU, give back financially and volunteering my time
Q: What’s your favorite holiday and why?
All the football not near as much decorating and gifts
Q: What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Catching up on sleep
Q: What’s something about you that might surprise people?
I have an identical twin brother that also graduated from Penn State in Electrical Engineering when I graduated from Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. He and I have compared notes and while we both enjoyed our Penn State experience the college of EMS served me better
Q: What sports teams do you root for?
Steelers, Penguins, Astros, Saints
Q: What’s your favorite quote and why?
“The past is history, the future is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.” Unclear to me who said this. A lot of calories are expended worrying about the future or what happened in the past which can rob us from enjoying the only thing we ever have, the present.