With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of 2017:
Name: Matt Iczkowski
Hometown: Southwick, Massachusetts
Major: Iczkowski graduated with a major in Physics and Mathematics on May 6.
Post-graduation plans: After graduating in May Iczkowski interned with Carbon, Inc. for three months in the Print Development department, where he investigated lattice structures for 3D printing applications. He then accepted a full-time position as a Carbon Technical Partner (CTP) where he is a main point of contact between Carbon, Inc. and its customers. CTPs are the driving force behind ensuring customer success with their Carbon 3D printers. New customers train will train with Iczkowski on how to design for and print with Carbon Digital Light Synthesis technology. As a CTP, he will also consult customers on their questions, comments, or requests on anything related to Carbon which includes hardware, software, materials, and advanced 3D printing guidelines.
How HPU helped you get there: “HPU helped prepare me for the future by giving me access to amazing opportunities that allowed me to build important skills like critical thinking, problem solving, scientific writing and public speaking. These opportunities included undergraduate research projects, the NASA Micro-g NExT program, a collaboration with HPU’s innovator-in-residence Steve Wozniak as well as leadership roles in organizations such as the Society of Physics students, Pi Kappa Phi, Interfraternity Council and the Student Government Association. HPU also gave me access to incredible professors and mentors that encouraged me to pursue those opportunities. Also, my advisors assisted me in building my professional network which eventually led to summer internships with Callaway Golf Company and Carbon, Inc.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU: “During my time at HPU, I had many impactful mentors. The entire Physics department, Dr. Barlow, Dr. DeWitt, Dr. Fiser, and Dr. Titus, played an extremely important role in all my successes. However, my most impactful mentor was Dr. Briana Fiser. She was my freshman year physics professor who then went on to be my academic and research advisor for my remaining years at HPU. Through all of these roles, Dr. Fiser always pushed me to improve as a critical thinker, problem solver and researcher. Between investigating golf ball aerodynamics, formulating biomimetic mucus simulants, and creating magnetic polymers for 3D printing applications, I always had exciting and challenging research projects with Dr. Fiser. She was an amazing advisor and mentor because she always asked difficult questions and required high standards whether we were in a classroom or a research setting. One of the most important skills I learned from Dr. Fiser was how to deliver a compelling elevator pitch. Dr. Fiser not only helped me become a proficient scientist, but she also helped me become an effective communicator which undoubtedly has influenced the success I experienced during and after my time at HPU.”
Most impactful moment at HPU: “When I think about my most impactful moment at HPU, I think about the moment when our team of physics students was accepted into the NASA Micro-g NExT program. When our team applied for the program, we were under the impression that we may not be able to compete with prestigious aerospace or mechanical engineering programs from around the country. However, through diligent work and guidance from our advisor Dr. Brad Barlow, we were able to achieve our goal of being accepted into the program. I learned from this moment that I shouldn’t hesitate to set a goal outside of my comfort zone despite intimidating circumstances.”
Advice for underclassmen: “Always look for opportunities to continue learning after graduation. Investigate curiosities to uncover new knowledge, friendships and mentorships. All of these experiences will help you to better understand, pursue, and achieve personal fulfillment.”