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Nate Donaher

Engineering Science & Physics
Class of 2019

Hometown: Newtown Square, PA

High School: Radnor High School

Extracurricular Activities: Captain of the Men's Ultimate Frisbee Team, Engineering Ambassadors,

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Research magnetoresistance in semiconducting devices using magnetic resonance techniques

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I come from a big Penn State family, but it never crossed my mind that I would ever attend Penn State. The longer the college search continued, the more obvious that Penn State was just the obvious option. As a large research institution with strong alumni connections there are tons of oppurtunities for research or internships or studying abroad or whatever else you want to do. Add that to a strong engineering program and a fantastic student body and that's all I wanted from my college experience.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? My favorite memory as a Penn State engineering student was studying abroad in Singapore over the summer after my freshman year. I didn't think I was going to be able to find time to Study Abroad during my college education, but I recommend everyone to keep a lookout for at least a short program as its an experience you only get during these four years. I spent the first three weeks working with students from Singapore and BYU designing a product for Singaporean consumption. This forced us to explore and interact with the city in a much more dynamic way than if I had just visited while touring. It was also exciting to be able to utilize the material I learned in my freshman design class only a semester after the class was completed.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Try everything. Sign up for a lot of clubs at the involvement fair and explore all your potential major and minor options. You never know what you like or don't like until you try it out.

What do you plan to do after graduation? After graduation, I plan to attend a doctorate program in Condensed Matter Physics. After that I want to go work in the industry studying electronic and magnetic materials and their properties, specifically their utilization in device applications.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? I love playing on the Penn State Men's Club Ultimate team. I am an Ultimate phanatic in the sense that I've played basically every season since I started during my sophomore year of high school, but the Penn State team holds a special place in my heart. I enjoy working out with them through the week and traveling to tournaments that take up to 9 hours to drive to. They became some of my closest friends at Penn State and I can't wait to see how well we can do every season.