UA DEGREES: BS and MS, mechanical engineering
INTERESTS: Skiing, gardening, home automation
CAREER: Mechanical design engineer, Raytheon
"My advisers and professors opened up a lot of doors that don’t necessarily open on their own. As an undergraduate, I worked with Ibrahim Guven, an assistant research professor of material science at the time, and Erdogom Madenci, a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. Madenci gave me a chance to start working in his lab to do research related to electronic packaging. I started there as freshman in college and worked for him for five years, through my master’s degree. I really got an education that went well beyond what I could learn from the books."