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Brandon Davis

Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Yardley, PA

High School: Holy Ghost Preparatory School

Extracurricular Activities: THON/Apollo, Engineering Ambassadors, IM Sports, FreshSTART/community service

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Internship: United States Postal Service Operations Industrial Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? Coming from a large Penn State family it only made sense to follow along and enroll at Penn State, however I did not want to do that. That was until I started looking at colleges. Penn State had everything I wanted, a variety of housing and dining options, a large non-city campus, tons of activities and a topnotch education.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My favorite engineering memory was when I took the first sip of clean water out of my f-sand filter. Through the Engineering leadership Development minor, I was fortunate enough to work on a class project of designing and building a water filter prototype that would remove all bacteria and could be used in developing countries. After weeks of hard work and several iterations of the prototype, we finally succeeded and could drink the water that ran through our filter.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? I would advise first-year engineering students to get as involved as possible. Everyone will tell you to pick 3-5 clubs or activities to get involved in and to stick with them because you will not have enough time for more than that. I joined about 10 clubs that I was even remotely interested in my freshman year and I naturally was drawn to a few that had amazing groups of people that had similar interests and did things I enjoyed.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I am one of the many college students who is still very unsure of their career path. I intend to either attend grad school and pursue a Ph.D or enter the pharmaceutical/drug delivery industry.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? Undoubtedly my best experience at Penn State has been through my THON organization, Apollo. Nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming roller coaster of emotions that participating in your first THON weekend gives you, nor can anything prepare me to try to stand for 46 straight hours with 700 strangers. THON is an experience unique to Penn State but one that reaches well beyond our campus.