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Commencement Profile: Alex Potts
August 17, 2017
Alexander Potts—Civil Engineering
Alex Potts was a four-year member of the men’s volleyball team and holds the distinction of being the program’s first-ever All-American. This past season, he became Wentworth’s first two-time All-American in any sport when he repeated as a Second Team All-American.
A three-time All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference selection, Potts led all of Division III in hitting percentage as a junior and ends his career as the program’s all-time leader in hitting percentage, block assists, and total blocks. He helped the Leopards to 101 wins during his four seasons, which included Wentworth’s first two Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships and the program’s first two trips to the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament where Wentworth reached the quarterfinals in 2016 and the semifinals in 2017.
What is your favorite thing about your Wentworth experience?
As a member of the Wentworth volleyball team for four years, I got so much enjoyment out of playing and interacting with my coaches and teammates. As much fun as volleyball was, my time off the court with my professors and classmates in the classroom was just as important to me, if not more. Ultimately, I think my favorite part of my Wentworth experience was the connections I made with everyone here.
How has Wentworth prepared you for post-graduate life?
The co-op program was easily one of the most invaluable parts of my education here, especially through the lens of being prepared for life after school. Not only does it allow for experience in relevant professional environments, but, upon my return to the classroom, everything seemed much more real. My co-op experience really helped me connect my classroom education to the things I will be doing in a professional engineering setting.
What are you planning to do after Commencement?
In the short term, I will be returning home to New York and becoming involved in the local volleyball programs. In addition to entering the engineering workforce, I’m also planning on exploring my options for playing volleyball overseas in Europe, either while completing a Master’s degree, or professionally with the help of a former teammate who is currently playing in France.
Who is someone at Wentworth that you’ve greatly admired or has helped you through your career here?
Academically, my advisor, [College of Engineering and Technology Professor] James Lambrechts is one of my favorite professors. I have rearranged my schedule multiple times to ensure I could take classes that he taught. Between his seemingly endless supply of personal anecdotes about his time as a geotechnical field engineer—that are equal parts entertaining and informative—and his actual endless supply of informative handouts for each one of his classes, I’ve never left one of his classes without feeling I knew the subject cold.
On the athletic side, my volleyball coach, Evin Giglio, has been excellent for my entire time at Wentworth. He coached me to become Wentworth volleyball’s first All-American, and guided the team to its first (and second) NCAA tournament. But even if none of that happened, he was a major part of what made volleyball at Wentworth great. He was always available to talk to, about volleyball or otherwise. He understood that we were student-athletes, and sometimes that meant missing a practice or two. And most importantly, he wanted nothing more than to see us grow both as players and as human beings.
What advice would you offer to students just entering Wentworth?
Go to class, and do your work. If you do those two things, everything else will follow. There will be plenty of time to have fun, and you will feel that much better knowing that you’ve taken care of everything you need to do.
- June 1, 2018—A group of professors at Wentworth Institute of Technology has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to test the strength of a new superconducting wire for potential use with high field magnets.
- May 15, 2018—The Wentworth Institute of Technology Concrete Canoe team was awarded one of six wild card invitations to the 2018 National Concrete Canoe Competition, where it will compete against 24 other teams.
- May 4, 2018—Gilbane has partnered with Wentworth faculty members to form a hands-on educational program around its design and construction, including bi-weekly site tours, an evening lecture series focused on construction and design discipline.