Daniel McCarthy, ‘12

Hometown: Walpole, MA
Degree: BS, Physics Engineering

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
Both of my parents attended the school, and it was my favorite campus of all that I had visited.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
Theory and Practice has been the most important motto that I have learned during my time at WPI. Understanding how to work in a team has prepared me to interact with new people outside of the classroom. Being able to look at the strengths and weaknesses of a group and utilizing them to optimize success has taught me how to be a great leader in my community.

What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
I consider WPI's greatest strength to be its close-knit community of students. The amount of companionship between the people who work together in these group situations on a regular basis creates the best and most productive environment.

I also believe that the WPI seven-week term schedule is a strength. It encourages students to work diligently to meet deadlines while constantly changing material that is being studied; this keeps students more engaged in what is being learned.

How have the professors in your department impacted your studies and your life?
The best professor I’ve had at WPI was Professor Carolann Koleci. She was enthusiastic about the subject matter, her door was always open, and she always took an interest in the success of her students. Without her being my introductory physics instructor in my first semester, I would not have chosen the major in which I am currently receiving a degree. She was the major guiding force during my time at WPI; she was consistently involved in student projects and always encouraged learning above all else.

What are your research projects?
I completed a research assignment in which I analyzed the material components of a six-axis robotic arm and developed recommendations for the sponsoring company on how to market a remanufactured product to different markets. These are the types of robots that work on constructing particle physics apparatuses.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I hope to graduate from school and study sports physics for ESPN.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Sigma Pi Fraternity International
  • Order of Omega

Additional comments:
I have loved my time at WPI, and I believe that the Physics department has provided me with a strong knowledge base that will carry me through my future career.

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