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Student Bios

Nabeel Ansari | Computer Science and Music Engineering 

I came to Drexel wanting a double major in Computer Science and Music Industry, but the circumstances made it impossible. My Custom-Designed Major instead only takes the subsets of these fields that I am interested in and supplements them with other disciplines like electrical engineering and game design. By doing this, I've come up with a way to synthesize my multi-disciplinary career interests into one cohesive college education. By the time I graduate, I will have the necessary skills for careers like music composition and production for digital media, music technology engineering, and game development.

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Taylor Bush | Creative Writing

The goal has always been to create an educational conglomerate of traditional writing courses, expansive literature classes and a component focused on "the human condition" (i.e. psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.). I designed my major around the idea of using academia to inform my worldview and, by extension, elevate my writing. While classes and learning are of great importance to me, reading and writing themselves are top priorities. Thus, I try to leave room to foster these tools alongside classes and such. My plan for the major is to keep creating top-notch art that is beautiful and dangerous.

Collin Cavote | Biomimicry

In order to better understand the way nature inherently creates balanced systems, I am exploring a multifaceted approach to science and design. By looking at the natural world through a designer’s eye, the goal is to mimic the stable and self-healing systems that occur without intention. I believe that humanity will solve many of its current problems by looking to nature for solutions. Currently, I’m looking to launch a product designed to remove toxic compounds from air.

Tommy Czerpak | Film Production and Music

My major combines the areas of film, business, and music into one major that focuses on film production and creating music.  I also take general business courses, such as Entrepreneurship and Accounting, to help me better understand the business of film.  Knowing the business along side the production will give me a better understanding of the industry as a whole.  Since I hope to direct and score movies some day, this major is the perfect way to combine all of the areas I need to learn in a structured and concise way.

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Emma Fowler | Paleontology and Paleo-Art

Paleontology and Paleo-Art is the study of fossil preparation and artistic reconstruction of extinct species through traditional and digital media. It is my belief that a deep understanding of paleontology and anatomy will help me to better create more accurate, educational, and vivid representations of extinct fauna and their fossilized remains.

Kathryn Gardner | Architectural Conservation
and Sustainable Living

Architectural Conservation and Sustainable Living comprises the theory and application of conservation ideology in the built environment. I integrate historic preservation, sustainability goals, holistic environmental theory, and social construction into the conceptual redesign and planning processes of spaces. The Custom-Designed Major provided a mentor to help me patch up my career plan, the freedom to explore what I want, and the resources to help me get there.

Laura Hill | Chemical and Pharmaceutical Patent Pre-Law

I am developing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering/ Pre-Law through the Custom Designed Major Program. Specifically, I am focusing on the Chemical and Pharmaceutical side of Engineering, and I am incorporating International studies in order to broaden my potential opportunities. I am on a path designed to fully prepare me for the Patent Bar exam, following my graduation at Drexel. In general, I am striving toward a future working in a renowned law firm in the Intellectual Property Law sector, working specifically with pharmaceutical companies. My ideal future, however, would be to begin as a personal patent agent for a pharmaceutical company or large law firm, gain experience and a good relationship with said company/firm, and then attend law school to obtain a higher position within the same company/firm.  

Kevin Jablonowski | Cryptomedia

Cryptomedia is the intersection of cryptography - the making and breaking of codes - with the arts, particularly music. Modern cryptography is largely based on converting messages into numbers, then systematically altering those numbers in order to protect the message. Similarly, the arts contain an intrinsic yet subtle mathematical structure, from the geometry of graphic arts to the intervals and frequencies of music. Furthermore, much modern music is produced with the aid of technology such as MIDI controllers, sequencers, and mixing software, all of which use numerical data to represent musical sound. Cryptomedia is the application of artistic media to modern cryptography, using art as vehicle to not only obscure, but completely hide messages.

Alyssa Klein | Biological 3-D Design

In my major, I am combining Game Design and Molecular Biology. I have always had a dual interest in art and science and I want both subjects to be part of my future career. I aim to become a master of 3D design, not because I want to be a game designer, but because I want to use the software as a way to build things that do not exist in the real world.  Being involved in the creation of a world by manipulating different shapes, textures, and lighting, and then combining them into a realistic experience is something I want to be able to do.  I feel that my scientific perspective will aid in making my work more realistic using life as a model.  3D design is not limited to gaming or visual effects; 3D printing and prototyping are fields I am interested in that would require expertise in 3D software as well as science.

Chelsea Knittel | Sustainable Materials and Design

My major is based on the belief that interdisciplinary collaboration is key for successful efforts towards a more sustainable future. Key elements of my curriculum include design; both fashion and product, sustainability, and environmental science, chemistry and a bit of materials sciences. In order for my designs to be successful in leaving little environmental foot print, it is crucial to have an understanding of the materials used and their impacts, as well as how economic and social factors influence environmental efforts. Sustainability is not only about the environment, as most assume, but just as much about people and their quality of life. Driven by the desire to help solve our problems of overconsumption, not add to them, I designed my curriculum to prepare myself best I can with an arsenal of knowledge that will allow me to make choices that are beneficial to our world in my future designs.

Amanda Kraft | Neuroscience

Before I began applying to colleges, I was told repeatedly that it was a terrible idea to specify in neuroscience as an undergraduate. Although I heeded the warnings, I knew my passions revolved around the brain, so I formed a new plan: I would take two opposing perspectives relating to the brain, study both, and connect them back to the brain independently from my classes. Thus, I came to Drexel University to double major in Chemistry and Psychology – Chemistry would provide an internally-based and scientific explanation of brain functioning, while psychology would provide an externally influenced and individualized basis for brain functioning.  I quickly realized, however, that it was implausible to graduate on time with that particular dual major when also completing the pre-medical requirements. Fortunately, I discovered and became a part of the Custom-Designed Major Program which allows more room for gaining perspectives in the field of neuroscience. Hopefully my choice of curriculum, along with Neuroscience Association of Drexel University – a student organization beginning the process of recognition in July 2013 – will provide a foundation for Drexel to establish an Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience.

Kyla Lafond | Disability Studies

Emily Levine | Music Philanthropy and Youth Culture

Kevin Matthews | Global Fashion Industry

With this program I am able to look outside the traditional scope of fashion education and learn how the apparel industry is affected by global issues, including those social, political, and economic. This type of wide-reaching, self-driven education is vital in understanding and solving the problems that apparel companies face today when making decisions.

Dawn McDougall | Social Marketing for Environmental Praxis

Environmental Praxis: The dialectic of the practical and theoretical in environmental matters. Policy, philosophy, environmental science, communication theory, and sociological elements are the foundation of the knowledge base for this major. How does what we learn from atmospheric chemistry translate into regulation? What do people think about climate change/sustainability/"going green" and what do those thoughts look like in action? These broad-scope questions frame the major as a whole to answer focused questions more deeply in research. Building on traditional marketing methods, social marketing posits an alternative or new behavior that benefits the greater good of society. These strategies are informed by Environmental Praxis, working to close the "Explanation--Action Gap."

Jeana Mobley | Design Theory

Design Theory combines the skill, the history, and the ideology of design to examine the relationship between design and society. Design can be applied to society through a broad approach of design skill, anthropology, art history, and architecture. The Custom-Designed Major allows me to fill the gap between practice and the concept of design, which doesn’t already exist in one specific major at Drexel.

Sarah Robinson | Holistic Mental Wellness

I am currently a freshman in the Custom-Designed Major Program. The Custom-Designed Major program is a process that allows students to evolve their plan of study to best fit their future goals, and my goal is to create an interdisciplinary major that allows me to take a holistic approach to mental wellness. I have tentatively entitled my major "Interdisciplinary Approaches To Holistic Mental Wellness" - it incorporates social sciences outside of psychology such as anthropology, sociology, and communications to further enhance my understanding of human mental and emotional wellness. I hope to one day have my own private practice, so I am  also including elements of business focusing on the social aspect. 

Adam Starr | Science, Technology, and Society

I am interested in the impact of science and technology on society with a concentration on the interaction between humans and prosthetics. The short list of areas of study includes, sociology, history, anthropology and biology. Yet, I’m open to integrating more disciplines into my course of studies. I was inspired to develop my particular curriculum for two reasons. The first reason is because of the uniformed reliance of science and technology by humans and the ways we deal with its’ abundance. Secondly, I’m interested in how people with prosthetics cope with a world that was not built with them in mind. I don’t have a future plan for my major concretely set in stone yet, and will see where the classes take me.

Nicole Vecere | Entrepreneurship and Interaction Design

Entrepreneurship and Interaction Design draws heavily from entrepreneurship, digital media, visual studies, and human-computer interaction. The main purpose of this major is to integrate the various areas of study that are crucial to understanding interactive media, using entrepreneurship to elevate this combination of fields by providing a platform through which innovative concepts can be realized and spread. Through this combination of disciplines, I hope to develop the skills necessary to solve problems in areas like sustainability, education, and medicine using interactive technology and entrepreneurship.

Micah Watanabe | Educational Media

I’m drawing from the fields of education and digital media, as well as psychology and creative writing to study the effects of television and film on education: specifically for children from 8 to 12. I hope to enter the digital media industry to create quality programming for youth.