"My math and physics minors enriched my learning experience at the University of Portland. In the physics department, I enjoyed the flexibility of my upper division courses, which allowed us to cater the material to our interests. The techniques that I learned from my math courses directly applied to my Mechanical Engineering major, allowing me to perform more complicated data analyses. During my last semester at UP I was absent often due to my graduate school interviews. My professors were very accommodating, allowing me to turn in assignments off-schedule and sometimes even helping me catch up on the weekends.
"For my Fulbright Research Grant to Germany, I will be working with a team of professors and PhD students at the Institute of Applied and Experimental Mechanics at Universitaet Stuttgart. This team is working on a health monitoring technique for detecting defects in power line cables using ultrasonic waves. For my contribution to the project, I will be improving their current mathematical model for power line cables by using energy methods and taking more coupled cables into account. I feel prepared to tackle this project because of my UP education and the related health monitoring research that I conducted at UP with Dr. Doughty."
Natalie Higgins, '11