Jack Sternal, '11

Home: New Jersey
Year of Graduation: 2011

Why did I choose WPI?
I was debating between WPI and the University of Connecticut, but when push came to shove, I knew that this school would provide me with a better experience in science and engineering, and that was my decision point. Granted, back then I was planning on majoring in computer science, but it still worked out!

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to me during your time at WPI?
The WPI philosophy has benefitted me greatly by allowing me to not just understand biological concepts through reading textbooks and learning in classes, but by applying those concepts to understand how they work in the world around me, thanks to the labs, which are both separate from the classes, yet still reinforce the topics taught in class.

How have WPI's Biology and Biotechnology professors helped in my studies?
One of my best experiences with a faculty member was taking microbiology with Professor Reeta Prusty Rao. She managed to take a great deal of information that needed to be learned for the class and make it almost fun to learn, by teaching through “case studies” modeled like actual medical scenarios. It was a very interesting take on teaching a broad subject, and it worked out really well.

What do I hope to do when I graduate? What would be my ideal job?
Right now I’m keeping my options open for what I want to do, whether it’s to apply to graduate schools or find a job, but ideally I want to work at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) doing research work in epidemiology.

Groups or extracurricular activities I participate in at WPI:
I’m a member of Men’s Varsity Crew, as well as the team’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative.

Academic or professional awards I have received:

  • Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester.
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