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Michael Capobianco Named Salutatorian of Widener University’s Class of 2016

Michael Capobianco is the salutatorian of the Class of 2016.

Michael Capobianco of Easton, Pa. has been chosen as the salutatorian of Widener University’s Class of 2016. Capobianco will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering on Saturday, May 21.

Recipient of the School of Engineering Award, Capobianco was named to the Dean’s List every semester at Widener and four times to the President’s List, which recognizes students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average in two consecutive semesters of fulltime coursework.

Capobianco was active in the School of Engineering. He was the Student Government Representative for Engineers Without Borders, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at Widener, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He was also involved with the Honors Program in General Education; Kappa Theta Epsilon, the honors co-op society; Sigma Alpha Pi, the national society of leadership and success; and Phi Kappa Phi, honors society.

For his senior project Capobianco was on the team leader for a project that focused on the design of an innovative gearbox replacement for Boeing Chinook helicopters under the guidance of Dr. Abbas Fattah, senior lecturer of mechanical engineering. He also had a chance to present the project at Boeing during a meeting for the American Helicopter Society. 

“I chose Widener because of the beautiful campus,” Capobianco said. “The mechanical engineering faculty were also great; their doors were always open and they welcomed any questions I had.” Capobianco also found the four-year co-op program to be a perk of the program. “It allowed me to graduate in four years and get a lot of experience.”

Following graduation, Capobianco is hoping to work in reliability engineering, maintaining equipment and focusing on preventative maintenance plans.

In his spare time, Capobianco enjoys volunteering for the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter in Easton. He also is very active in sports, as he is an avid golfer and plays basketball.

He is the son of Michael and Susan Capobianco.

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