Michael H., Physics (Engineer)
Alumni Advisor
Major:BS Physics
Grad Year:2015
Career Sector:Aerospace, Defense, Advanced Technologies
Graduate Degree:MS Electrical Engineering, UCLA
Current Job Title:Research Engineer
Current Employer:Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories

What was your career path that led you to your current position?

After graduating from UD, I went directly into grad school at UCLA the Fall of that same year. I knew that on-chip photonics and optoelectronics was the sub-field of engineering (or "applied science," if you prefer) that I was passionate about, and UCLA has a robust research presence in this area. Because of the research I did while completing my MS, I was able to find a position with a subdivision of Lockheed in this field -- despite being previously unaware they had a significant presence there!

What kind of credentials, education, training, prior experience are needed?

The coursework and, especially, research I was fortunate enough to be involved in while at UCLA was definitely what got me to the door with Lockheed. But it was UD that gave me not only the training I needed to actually make it through that door, but also the tools and preparation I needed to get into a good graduate school program in the first place. I did teach high school physics at a home school co-op near UD for two years, as well as teaching MCAT Physics for The Princeton Review the Summer after graduating UD; it was definitely not a total deal-maker, but Lockheed liked seeing that on my resume as well.

How was your major and/or your degree from UD related to your current work?

My degree in physics gives me the grasp I need of the fundamental principles which underlie nearly every aspect of my work in engineering research. In addition to that, cliche as it may be, it is true that the critical thinking and "radical questioning" skills which a UD education cultivates have been invaluable to me in most all aspects of my life, my professional career included.

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