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Senior engineering students leave NNU ready to succeed

May 8, 2015

The Northwest Nazarene University Department of Engineering and Physics can boast about their academic rigor, hands on experience and professional edge, but nothing speaks louder than students who graduate prepared for the countless opportunities that await them.

Senior student John Lonai (Milton Freewater, Ore.), who will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Material Science from Vanderbilt University after receiving acceptance from many prestigious graduate programs, is well prepared for life after graduation.

From the moment he stepped onto campus as a freshman, John says, “I began to see engineering as more than a smart career choice, but also a field that you could find purpose in and be passionate for. Before I began my college career I could have never imagined the memories, friendships, and opportunities I was about to experience, but looking back now I am proud to say that my past four years at Northwest Nazarene University have been some of the most transformative years of my life.”

“I began to see engineering as more than a smart career choice, but also a field that you could find purpose in and be passionate for."

A large portion of John’s senior year was spent with two fellow classmates designing and developing an infant emergency detection device. The device would monitor an infant’s pulse, blood oxygen saturation and even incorporated an EEG sensor to monitor the electrical activity of the infant’s brain. This project, which was sponsored by Micron, not only helped students integrate knowledge they had learned over the course of their engineering program, but also gave them a professional edge.

NNU has not only prepared John with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in his field, but has also instilled in him a deeper calling. “NNU has inspired me to do engineering with a purpose.”

With many universities and programs to choose from, John can see what makes NNU’s Department of Engineering and Physics so special and unique. “At NNU, you get one on one interaction with professors; you get to know them and they invest in your life,” John says.

“I know that the professors here take interest in the students despite the fact they could make more money or have more prestige at other universities,” John continues. “They’ve told us the opportunities they’ve had and, as a young engineer, it sounds exciting. But to see that they really want to invest in us for a greater cause is really encouraging.”

The investment of the engineering faculty in John has not only made a lasting impact on him, but has also helped shape his dreams and goals for the future. “My dream is to come back and be a professor, if not at NNU, then at a similar university.”