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Commencement Profile: Patrick Pfenning
August 17, 2017
Patrick Pfenning—Applied Mathematics
Pat Pfenning has worked as a tutor in the Center for Academic Excellence and during physics facilitated study groups, as well as running his own problem sessions for lab-based calculus courses. Early in his college career, he was the lead student on a team that won an Accelerate pitch challenge, complete with funding, to develop their successful prototype of a therapeutic electrical medical tape for muscle injuries.
Pfenning also served as a peer tutor through Boston Scholar Athletes, where he has worked as a mentor for younger students in the Boston area.
What is your favorite thing about your Wentworth experience?
By far, my amazing professors, who have been mentors to me throughout my exploration in the field of mathematics.
How has Wentworth prepared you for post-graduate life?
The co-op experience at Wentworth has prepared me for the professional world and challenges to come in post-graduate life. I am thankful to have real-world experience in my field, and feel prepared for graduate school and my professional career.
What are you planning to do after Commencement?
I will be teaching mathematics at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Rutland, Vermont. I also plan to attend graduate school at San Diego State University, beginning fall 2018, pursuing my Master’s in computational science.
Who is someone at Wentworth that you’ve greatly admired or has helped you through your career here?
[College of Arts and Sciences Assistant] Professor Rachel Maitra has been an excellent advisor since I made the switch to Applied Mathematics. She has always been kind and willing to help with any and every question that I brought to her.
What advice would you offer to students just entering Wentworth?
Your advisors are here to help you and want you to succeed.
- 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.