Summer Commencement 2016 Student Profiles

August 16, 2016

Summer Commencement 2016 Student Profiles

Summer Commencement 2016 Student Profiles

By Greg Abazorius
 

Wentworth will host its annual Summer Commencement ceremony on August 21. We asked a selection of graduating students to share what they enjoyed most about their Wentworth experiences, as well as plans for the future.


Hayley Patton

Hayley Patton—Biomedical Engineering

Hayley Patton was a four-year member of the women’s lacrosse team, which became a varsity sport during her first year. A goalie and a captain of this year’s squad, she excelled on the field and this past season led all of Division III with 237 saves overall and 14.81 saves per game—both of which are program records. Patton also holds the record for career saves with 425. Off the field, she received a community scholarship, was inducted into Tau Alpha Pi, and graduated from the Wentworth Leadership Institute.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Wentworth?

There is so much to choose from, but I would have to say that being a part of the lacrosse team and a member of the orientation programs team is what I enjoyed most. I created some of my best memories here at Wentworth being able to interact with the wide variety of students and being able to represent my school on the field. As a part of these teams, I have made some lifelong friends and have grown as a person.

What is a key skill you learned here?

Problem solving and applying the knowledge that I learned in the classroom to everyday problems. I also learned to utilize my strengths and to always try your best no matter the class or situation at hand.

What are your plans for the future?

I am planning on working in the engineering industry for a few years after graduation and then continuing my education in either the health care field or in engineering.


David Gidley

David Gidley—Business Management

David Gidley has excelled in the classroom and immersed himself in co-curricular activities at Wentworth. With a reputation as a hard worker, Gidley has been a permanent fixture on the volunteer circuit within his academic department, volunteering for open house appearances and pitching in at New Student orientation, among other activities. He served as president of the Student Association of Managers club for four years and was inducted into the Sigma Belta Delta Honor Society.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Wentworth?

I built lasting relationships with an amazing group of people, both students and faculty. The people I interacted with for four years helped me learn about myself and always challenged me to do my best in every aspect of life. I look forward to continuing to grow with the people I met at Wentworth.

What is a key skill you learned here?

Being a part of a team is an important part of working in today’s world. Wentworth has provided me with great experience in this area of professional interaction. Most of the projects throughout the past four years were project-based group work. This atmosphere prepared me for co-op and work after graduation.

What are your plans for the future?

Following graduation, I will be working at Eze Software Group, where I had both of my co-ops, as an associate business analyst. I will continue to expand on the base of knowledge I built at Wentworth and hope to receive my PMP certification. Within the next three years I will begin graduate school in pursuit of an MBA.


Megan McLaughlin

Megan McLaughlin—Construction Management

Megan McLaughlin is known as someone who is always available to assist other students. She led the multi-disciplinary student competition sponsored by the mechanical Contractors of America, and her influence in that role placed the team in the top four nationally. McLaughlin was also a member of the Construction Management club and is a current member of the National Construction Management Honor Society, Sigma Lambda Chi.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Wentworth?

The ability to have a campus setting while having Boston at your convenience. Having such a small campus community in such a large city made it that much more enjoyable to hang out with friends, explore the city, and overall have a great college experience.

What is a key skill you learned here?

Be personable. Throughout my years at school and my interviewing process, I have learned that people in the industry appreciate people who can hold a conversation and not be hesitant to reach out to others for help. Another key skill I have learned from school is self-motivation. If you are driven and willing to do the best you can, the school is right there to support you every step of the way.

What are your plans for the future?

After school, I will be working for Erland Construction out of Burlington, Mass. as an assistant project manager.


 

Adam Paczuski—Biomedical Engineering

The winner of the annual Dr. H. Russell Beatty Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarship, Adam Paczuski walks into commencement with a 4.0 grade point average. Paczuski collaborated with a group of MCPHS students in their effort to create a web-based application to help track the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia. He also completed three co-ops, making significant contributions at Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and South Street Dental. He is currently working part time for Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, focusing on infrastructure development as part of the Therapeutics and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology team. He is planning on joining that endeavor full time following graduation. 

What did you enjoy most about your time at Wentworth?

I enjoyed making friends the most—from working in groups on projects such as my senior design to making friends with people on co-op and then getting to know them outside of an academic setting. 

What is a key skill you learned here?

I think a key skill that I improved upon was teamwork. Working on projects every semester in a team environment definitely forced me to get adjusted my first two years here. But for the rest of my education here, I think I got a better understanding of how a team is supposed to function. 

What are your plans for the future?

After graduation I am going to be joining the Therapeutics and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology (TIDE) team at Harvard Pilgrim. The group I am joining focuses on developing the infrastructure for researchers and the FDA to analyze large sets of data for post market analysis of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. 


Greg Lusky—Building Management

Greg Lusky had more than 15 years of experience in construction management when he enrolled in the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) at Wentworth. During his time at the Institute, he was able to balance his studies with a full-time position at Suffolk Construction Company. Earlier this year, Lusky received the outstanding student award from CPCE for maintaining a high level of academic excellence and graduating with a 3.870 grade point average.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Wentworth?

The relationships.  I've made many new friends, from subcontractors to other general contractors, architects, and teachers. But regardless of what our title was in the business world, we were all in this together to better ourselves, share our knowledge, and help one another succeed. 

What is a key skill you learned here?

I found the construction surveying course to be a great challenge and I feel I've achieved a better understanding of that skillset.

What are your plans for the future?

I am considering returning to school and continuing on with my master’s degree.  I see working professionals coming in at night to teach and I hope I can eventually share my knowledge as well. 




Rachel Keen—Biomedical Engineering

Rachel Keen fully immersed herself in the Wentworth culture by taking part in athletics, serving as a member of the Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity and the Society of Women Engineers, and founding the Women's Institute for Leadership Development.  In September, Keen will begin her career as a research and development engineer at Saint Jude Medical. Keen will provide the student address during the commencement ceremony.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Wentworth?

I enjoyed making lifelong friends on campus and gaining real-life work experience on co-op. My co-op experience formed the foundation of my career and reassured me that I want to continue working as a biomedical engineer.

What is a key skill you learned here?

While at Wentworth, I learned technical skills like using computer-aided design programs, which are crucial to my career, and refined my leadership skills in various academic and extracurricular settings.

What are your plans for the future?

I will be working as a research and development engineer for Saint Jude Medical, where I will be part of a team that designs left ventricular assist devices.

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