Alumni Spotlight: Shane R. Snyder '01
MS Electrical Engineering
West Grove, PA
Defensive Cyber Lead
U.S. Army CERDEC
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in electrical engineering?
Growing up, I was always good at math and loved science. I also have an uncle that is an engineer and heard about engineering at a very young age, so I decided it would be an interesting field early on and continued to love math and science through high school. After I started at Widener and took introductory courses in all of the engineering fields, electrical engineering really excited me in terms of challenges and interesting work.
what is your favorite memory of widener?
Hands down, it’s the spring carnivals. After all of the hard work during the year, everyone got together and let off steam during the spring carnival. Whether it was going to watch the rugby or lacrosse teams play or hang out in the quads playing Wiffle ball, everyone took the weekend to decompress. The best part was dragging the couches out front of Dixon senior year and drinking cocktails until the sun went down. To this day, I’m still friends with some of the knuckleheads that were on that couch with me.
My Professional Experience
how have leadership skills learned at widener helped you to succeed?
A lot of the leadership skills that I learned at Widener I still use today at CERDEC, whether it’s motivating colleagues or volunteering for challenging tasks. It has helped me in my overall career by instilling in me that anything you set your mind on can be accomplished. Leadership isn’t something you learn over night. It’s a skill that you gain by falling down, getting up, dusting yourself off, and taking another crack at it. A boss is someone who tells you what to do; a leader is in the trench with you getting his or her hands dirty.
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
First thing you need to do is know your limitations. That way, you know what you have to work on. Start asking as many questions about whatever it is that you don’t understand. Engineering is a hard field, and it’s even harder if you are unsure of the basic building blocks that undergraduate courses try to get you to understand. Study as much as you physically can, but also remember to take a break from it all so you don’t get burnt out on partial differential equations!