Alumni Spotlight: Jeffrey A. Blomquist '06
MS Physics, Drexel University
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in physics and mechanical engineering?
Widener's dual major program made it possible for me to focus my studies in a pure science and an applied science. The dichotomy let me explore both classical and modern physics, while still allowing me the ability to commit to my professional pursuit of mechanical engineering. This has allowed me to essentially pursue two careers: one in the world of aircraft engineering, and one as an adjunct professor in physics.
who was your favorite professor at widener? why?
Dr. Harry Augensen is one of the most brilliant and dedicated professors I had. He introduced me to the brutal complexity and awesome simplicity of astronomy, and I now have the privilege to work with him. My education and professional experience has offered me a lot of opportunity, and one of them is that I can now call him a friend and a colleague.
My Professional Experience
what do you like most about your current position?
Manufacturing engineering lets me work closely with the V-22 aircraft, as well as other aircraft designed and produced by the Boeing Company (including the CH-47). Boeing also works closely with Widener University on senior projects—their support helped my senior team (’06) complete our AeroDesign project.
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
If there was one thing I would do differently during my educational experience, it would be to participate in the co-op program. Potential employers find previous experience to be a major selling point for new employees. Whether you plan on entering industry, pursuing a graduate degree, or marketing your own start up, the co-op program will afford you a look into the way business is done today, and that experience will either sober you in your own pursuits or help you to become more marketable as an employee.