Lexi Scala ‘15
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Member of the women’s golf team and the Engineering Club and brother of Alpha Phi Omega
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Finding a Home at Mount Union
I was looking for a small school where I could play golf as well as major in engineering, so when I heard about the new engineering program at Mount Union, it caught my attention. The combination was a perfect fit. I like the small class sizes; I’ve been able to get to know my professors and classmates very well over the last three years, and because of that, I have made lifelong relationships.
Best Spot on Campus
I like the quad because it’s fun to see students gather there when it’s a nice day or there is some kind of event going on. There is so much school spirit here at Mount Union!
I wanted to challenge myself and try something I never thought I could do. I’ve learned so much from the mechanical engineering program and there are so many places I can go with my mechanical engineering degree. I was able to take a trip to a high school in Belize with the rest of my engineering class. I learned so much from visiting a foreign country and the challenges that came with it. It was very rewarding to help the students of Edward P. Yorke High School and know that we made a difference to them. I also had the opportunity to work at Westinghouse Electric Company in Cranberry, Pennsylvania for the past two summers. I worked in the Reactor Internals Design and Analysis (RIDA) department, which meant I worked on projects for power plants all over the country and the world! The experience challenged me in many ways and made all of the work I did in school make sense. I was able to build strong relationships with my co-workers and realize the importance of a good education. Mount Union is teaching me the value of hard work and time management, which will enable me to further succeed after graduation.
Inside the Classroom
My favorite class was Thermal Sciences because it was challenging, yet interesting. Dr. Robert Ekey is my favorite professor. I’ve had him for some of my other difficult classes, but he finds ways to make the material understandable. He is a great role model and has taught me to challenge myself and strive to be the best I can.
Liberal Arts Learning
Obtaining a liberal arts education has forced me to take some other difficult classes outside of my subject area. It has made me more of a well-rounded student and person, which I feel will help me in the future. My ultimate goal is to use my engineering degree to do work that I truly enjoy. I also hope to further my well-rounded education after getting some more experience in the industry.
Senior Design Project
My senior design project has given me the opportunity to work with Dr. Shuvo Roy, a Mount Union alumnus, who leads The Kidney Project. I am part of a team of four mechanical engineering majors who are researching fluid flow through the Implantable Artificial Kidney. Utilizing ANSYS Fluent, a sophisticated computer program, we are studying the fluid dynamics to predict how blood will flow through the device. The Kidney Project is expected to begin clinical trials in 2017. The project has given me a lot of research experience, as the kidney and artificial kidney technology is a new area of study. The experience that I have gained utilizing ANSYS Fluent, a program I may have to use in the future, has been invaluable. Also, being able to communicate with Dr. Roy and his team, located in California, is an experience that not many students are able to benefit from.
I wanted to challenge myself and try something I never thought I could do. I’ve learned so much from the mechanical engineering program and there are so many places I can go with my mechanical engineering degree.