Matthew West

B.S. Student

How did you decide to come to Drexel Materials for your B.S.?

I attended the ASM International Materials Camp in the summer of 2011.

What kind of research are you doing in the lab?

I study the fracture toughness of materials used in pharmaceutical tablets.

How did you get involved in undergraduate research in materials?

I met with Dr. Zavaliangos and talked about possible projects.

Do you feel that performing research in the lab as an undergraduate has enhanced your B.S. experience? 

Yes, not only do I understand the book work and mathematical aspects of engineering, but I also understand the practical applications.

What other activities are you involved in at Drexel?

The Drexel University Ski Club, Weekend Warriors, club volleyball team, Theme Park Engineering and Design, and STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research)

Do you have any advice for students looking to get involved in undergraduate research?

It is definitely worth making close relationships with the department head and other important advisors so that you can easily find an interesting research project. Getting involved in research is important for an undergraduate engineering degree.

Any other comments or thoughts?

Do not be afraid to walk into the Materials office to ask what projects are going on.

From Abington, PA

Year of Graduation: 2017


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