Published on Thursday March 8, 2007
Materials Science and Engineering BS/MS student David Steinmetz (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) has received a scholarship to participate in The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX).
David was one of 75 participants chosen from an applicant pool of over 500 for this unique study and work abroad opportunity in Germany. Intended primarily for young adults in business, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields, the scholarship program has a strong focus on cultural exchange and is designed to give participants an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in both Germany and the United States. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, sponsors the program in the United States. In Germany, the program is funded through the Administration of the Bundestag and administered in Germany by InWEnt: Capacity Building International.
For the first two months of the program, David will immerse himself in extensive German language courses at one of eight locations of the Carl Duisberg Center across Germany. He will then study four months at an another university that is yet to be decided. For the remainder of his stay, he will focus on an internship. Contingent on approval from CBYX’s partner company, InWEnt, David will complete his internship at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf.
David’s Drexel co-op experience in Switzerland inspired him to pursue the CBYX program.
“I enjoyed my co-op in Switzerland and wanted to travel to Europe again after graduation. Germany has many excellent opportunities for engineers,” David says. “I also want to become fluent in a foreign language, and because of the German I learned in Switzerland, it made the most sense. CBYX fit the bill for exactly what I wanted to do.”
Upon his return, David will begin his career at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, run by Bechtel Bettis, Inc. and located in Charleston, SC. During his first six months at Bettis, David will go through nuclear power school, then be trained how to use the power plants on board nuclear submarines. With his expertise, he will teach naval officers and enlisted men how to properly operate reactors on submarines.