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Sean H.

Senior, BS in Mechanical Engineering & MS in Manufacturing Engineering

Sean is a great example of WPI students working as hard as they can to prepare themselves for a great future. A double major getting his bachelors and masters degrees simultaneously, Sean is also an active member and Wing Commander of the school’s Air Force ROTC detachment, which trains college students over the course of 3-4 years to commission as officers in the United States Air Force.

Over the summer, Sean also joined a WPI research project, helping to explore an approach to infrared imaging. His work includes designing of fixtures, developing code to control different components, analyzing data, component integration, monthly report writing, and research in optics and optical design.

After graduation, Sean has been selected to be a Combat System Officer (CSO) in the United States Air Force, his dream job. Upon commissioning, he will attend 1.5 years of training before being assigned to an aircraft to plan and prepare air missions, navigate aircraft, conduct and supervise aircrew training, and develop policies.

Sean Hathaway

Gaithersburg, MD

Faculty Mentor

Lieutenant Colonel Michael DeRosa
Commander, Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 340 and Professor of Aerospace Studies

  • Making Dean's List almost every semester
  • Being selected for an Air Force award for academics and leadership
  • Being invited to apply for the Heald Brothers Scholarship, a coveted scholarship awarded to a Mechanical Engineering, Aero, or Robotics student
  • Being selected to be a Combat System Officer in the United States Air Force, his dream job
  • Men's Club Lacrosse (President)
  • Air Force ROTC (Wing Commander)
  • Theta Chi Fraternity (Scholarship Chairman)
  • Employee at WPI Bookstore

Start the day with physical training


Work a three-hour shift at the bookstore, and then visit friends in the Rubin Campus Center


Attend classes for the day; as part of the ROTC detachment, I’ll attend 1-3 hours of classes each week


I end my day by attending lacrosse practice and doing homework

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