Alumni Spotlight: Brad M. Isaacson
PhD in Bioengineering, University of Utah
Master's of Business Administration & Finance, Boston College (expected May 2015)
Program Manager and Lead Scientist
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation
My Widener Experience
Why did you decide to major in mechanical engineering?
I selected mechanical engineering as my undergraduate major because of my interest in mathematics and science to make a lasting impact on society. Mechanical engineers play a critical role in prototyping, design, and evaluation of devices and can create anything from household appliances to next generation concept cars.
What made you choose widener?
It offered a top-tier engineering education, small class sizes, and the ability to graduate in four years with co-op experience. The individual attention I received from my professors made a substantial impact and helped me grow both personally and professionally.
My Professional Experience
How has widener prepared you for life after college?
While at Widener I learned how to think critically and use the fundamentals of engineering to later develop prosthetic devices for our nation's injured service members. The research I conduct for these wounded warriors can be traced back to my acceptance letter from Widener University.
After completing my mechanical engineering degree, I immediately went to graduate school and pursued a PhD in bioengineering. All the concepts I had learned were interconnected. Instead of calculating the stress of a beam -- I was analyzing bones; electric circuits moved from breadboards -- to the central nervous system.
What advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
I would advise: be bold, follow your passion, and never relinquish your dreams. Engineering may appear daunting at first, but remember to stay dedicated and focused. The professors at Widener are giving you these tools to be successful, so learn as much as possible and carve your own path in the future. As Henry Ford once said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” So dream big and push the boundaries of innovation with your Widener University mechanical engineering degree.