Studying Physics at INTO Drew University

Terrence Physics, Mathematics minor
Drew University New Jersey, United States View University Profile

Drew has prepared me for the academic fundamentals needed to succeed in the engineering program. I felt that the core classes, such as Differential Equations and Mechanics, established a strong foundation for engineering. Being a physics major also helped since many mechanical engineering fundamentals are based on physics principles.

How did Drew prepare you to participate in the dual degree program with Columbia?

Drew has prepared the academic fundamentals needed to succeed in the engineering program. I felt that the core classes, such as Differential Equations and Mechanics, established a strong foundation for engineering. Being a physics major also helped since many mechanical engineering fundamentals are based on physics principles, management and trade finance.

What has been your favorite class at Columbia?

I am currently taking an aerodynamics class right now, and so far, it has been one of my favorite classes because my interest in engineering stemmed from aviation and rocketry. In addition, the professor is a former Navy pilot who has tested iconic aircrafts such as the V-22 Osprey, and the insights he brings into the classroom are invaluable.

What was your favorite part about studying at Drew University?

I enjoyed studying in a close-knit community where I knew everyone in my major. The classes were also small and interactive, so I had personal connections with the
professors who many, if not all, knew me by name. The beautiful campus surrounded by trees and squirrels was a great mood booster.

Did you have any mentors at Drew? If yes, who were they and how did they help you?

I feel like there are too many to list! My physics professor/dual degree coordinator Dr. Jim Supplee was definitely a big help during my stay. We regularly discussed my academic progress, and he would recommend classes that would best prepare me for exams.

Will you tell us more about your internship with Intel this summer? What will you be doing there?

I will be analyzing the thermal system of computer processors and hopefully come up with ingenious solutions to cool them down.

What part of your internship are you excited for?

I am most excited to meet people who have dedicated their careers to the semiconductor industry, as well as have the opportunity to interact with state-of-the-art technologies. I am also thrilled to apply my engineering knowledge to an actual product.

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