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Alumni Achievements

Featured Alum Chung-On Leung, '10

Major: Physics

Current Position: Software engineer with The Boeing Company, working on the airborne early warning and control aircraft.

Why Whitworth? "The community is amazing. Ultimately, the campus is an academic setting, but it is also important in life to know how to socialize, develop teamwork and network. Whitworth provided the academic know-how as well as the camaraderie. Few other schools have professors who take time to have lunch or coffee with students."

Whitworth Activities: Was a member of the Whitworth varsity swim team and a participant in the Ultimate Frisbee Club and the Math & Computer Science Club.

Quote: "The diversity and flexibility of the engineering physics program allowed me to take a lot of cross-functional courses while I was completing my degree on time. Hands down, my greatest strength going into interviews and applications is my broad range of technical and business knowledge, which many companies and institutions greatly value."

Influential Whitworth experience: "Having coffee and lunch with professors was immensely valuable. Professors can see unique gifts and talents in students, and they are more than helpful in getting you connected to the right people."

Career Goals: "I plan to continue pursuing a career in engineering as well as to pursue my Ph.D. That will allow me to teach at a collegiate or high-school level, which is something I can do to give back to the community."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their physics degrees:

  • Jeff Wheeler is enrolled in graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, where he is currently developing a sensor to detect carbon build-up inside a fuel cell.

  • Ben Spaun landed a full scholarship for a six-year doctoral research program at Harvard. The scholarship covers two years of schooling and four of research, and it includes a living stipend.

  • Corey Dolph is a U.S. Navy officer in nuclear propulsion.

  • Lucas Brouwer is studying nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Carissa Humrickhouse received a full scholarship to pursue a master's degree in nuclear engineering at Texas A&M University.

  • Nick Foster is a transportation planner for Kittelson & Associates, Inc., in Boise, Idaho.

  • Alisha Anderson is a mechanical engineer for The Boeing Company, in Seattle.

  • Kellen Oetgen is pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington.

  • Peter Landgren is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, N.J.

  • Micah Spaun is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

  • Katie Olleman is pursuing double master's degrees in mechanical engineering and civil engineering at the University of Washington.