Notable Alumni in Engineering

Tiger Tracks for careers in Engineering

Bikash Acharya '09
University of Maryland School of Engineering, PhD, Expected Graduation: 2014

Bikash graduated summa cum laude, triple-majoring in physics, applied mathematics, and mathematical economics, with honors in physics. He received two mathematics awards in his junior year as well as physics and math awards in his senior year. Bikash served as the President of the International Club, the Society of Physics Students, and was an active brother of Alpha Chi Sigma professional fraternity. At Maryland, he is studying heat transfer and fluid mechanics, researching the application of electro-hydrodynamics for particle separation.

Ryan Newcomb '07
BP America, General Projects Organization GoM

At Hampden-Sydney, Ryan studied physics and applied mathematics, graduating with honors in physics, magna cum laude. He did atomic optics research at H-SC and worked on microelectrical mechanical systems at Georgia Institute of Technology. Ryan played rugby, was a brother in Alpha Chi Sigma, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, Chi Beta Phi, and a Venable Scholar. He completed a thesis in combustion science at UT-Austin and received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Ryan is currently working in the Global Projects Organization to deliver BP major capital projects, as a Topsides Project Engineer.

Matt Wells '07
Northrop Grumman

Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and significant coursework in Applied Mathematics. While at HSC he served as Vice President of the Society of Physics Students as well as the Fly-Fishing club. He went on to Old Dominion University where he obtained a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2010. His Master's thesis, "An Aerodynamic Analysis of an Urban Magnetic Levitation Vehicle," was presented at the American Institute of Aeronautic and Astronautic Aerospace Sciences conference in January 2010, and has been published in the journal Rail and Rapid Transit. After earning his M.S., he worked at StarChase where he developed life-saving technology to assist law enforcement and government agencies at home and abroad. Matt joined Northrop Grumman in 2011 as a Mechanical Systems Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center where he serves as the AIAA Hampton Roads Young Professional Committee chair. At NASA Langley he has designed Mechanical Ground Support Equipment for a Space Station bound instrument called SAGE III, and high temperature materials for hypersonic reentry of atmospheric planets and moons. 

James Miller '05
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University

James was a summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa Physics major while at Hampden-Sydney, an brother of the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity, and Society of 1791 member. He also served on the student court, presided over the freshmen dormitories as head resident adviser, welcomed the freshman class as orientation chairman in 2003, and traveled with Beyond the Hill on ten service trips. James' doctoral research, through Texas A&M University at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is developing advanced methodologies for uranium detection in biological matrices for nuclear forensic purposes.

Scott Thompson '04
Engineer, Air Force Research Lab, Dayton, OH

A brother in Alpha Chi Sigma, a member of the Society of Physics Students and Chi Beta Phi, Scott graduated magna cum laude with a degree in physics with honors. As a rising senior, Scott landed an internship in systems engineering. After graduating he went on to develop Bayesian Network algorithms for missile defense. In 2008, he graduated from George Mason University with a Master's in Computational Science, and was hired by EOIR Technologies to integrate video algorithms for surveillance and intelligence with cloud computing software. Scott is currently an engineer with the Air Force Research Lab employed directly by the Air Force as a civilian.

Patrick Martin '02
Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, York College

Patrick graduated summa cum laude with majors in physics and in applied mathematics. He was president of Alpha Chi Sigma and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He earnied an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Following two years of work in the industry, he returned to school and received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at York College of Pennsylvania, teaching courses in circuits, physics, control theory, and robotics.