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DOSSIER: SAMUEL BRENNAN OF
WHILE HE WORKS as a Research Assistant at Millersville University,
Samuel Brennan is pursuing a master's of science degree in Technology
and Innovation there. He'd graduated from Millersville University in May
2018 with a B.S. in Advanced Manufacturing and an A.T. in Robotics and
In his job, he works for Dr. Mark Atwater. They are currently working
on various types of powder metals at the nano-scale. "The most recent
item I have been working on is various forms of iron," Brennan explained
to MOMENTUM. "By using a few processes and specific conditioning, we
are able to make the material porous at the nano-scale. I often explain it
to people like a metallic sponge structure except extremely small."
Here's what else Brennan told MOMENTUM:
Why did you decide to become an engineer?
I decided to become an engineer because of the passion I have to work
with my hands and solve problems. I was also very blessed to have a
father who works with his hands on cars, but not limited to that. He is
always building/working on something. One of the defining projects
that really made me want to pursue this career was when he and I built a
sand rail buggy powered by an old air-cooled VW motor.
To what character traits do you attribute your success to date?
One of the biggest reasons I wanted to be featured in this Dossier was
to share about leadership and the need to be driven. When I was in my
undergrad at Millersville, I started the Baja SAE club. I was president
of a club called SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) for three
years and I wanted to find a project to challenge the club. When I found
the Baja SAE program, I knew we had to compete. I spent one full
year acquiring a dedicated space for the project, as well as funding. It
was a lonely journey at first, but I believe that a great leader is able to
motivate in a way that he/she is able to paint a picture of success so
vividly that people want to follow.
I am sitting in the rolling chassis that just got finished by myself
and Sawyer Bisker. We spent our entire spring break (2018)
working on this; it was a pivotal week for the new club.
In short, in the first year of the Millersville Baja program
and with seven dedicated students, we constructed a
buggy to compete in Buds Creek, Maryland, and we did
very well for being a first-year team. So as a message to
other team captains and leaders, I say stay strong, look
for talented people, and put that talent to work in areas
where those people will fit the best. Be driven toward
your goals. Goal orientation is key to being successful.
Of what accomplishment are you most proud?
One of the accomplishments I am most proud of was that
Millersville made a buggy in its first year of being a club.
It was far from the best, but we showed up and we were
able to compete! We did every obstacle on every course.
We had no idea what to expect, but we showed up with
expectations for ourselves and I think it is safe to say we
met and exceeded those expectations.
An air-cooled VW bush buggy constructed by my father and I. Too much confidence
got us stuck in this mud hole where we ride.
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What is the most interesting project that you are
working on at the moment?
I believe it is important for people to reach outside
Momentum - September 2019
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Momentum - September 2019
Momentum - September 2019
Passing Tech Inspection Proves Difficult for Teams at Sae Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Competition Comes to Mcity
Penn State Behrend Repeats as Champ at 40th Anniversary of Sae Supermileage
Victory for Victoria at Formula Hybrid
Engineering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
F-16 Anti-Collision Software Now Used in the F-35
Sae 101: Innovations in Mobility Conference
Miscellaneous News for Sae Student Members!
DOSSIER: Samuel Brennan of Millersville University
Navigating the Hiring Process in Industry
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Momentum - September 2019 - Contents
Momentum - September 2019 - Editorial
Momentum - September 2019 - Briefs
Momentum - September 2019 - Student Generation
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Momentum - September 2019 - Air Mission
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Momentum - September 2019 - Baja Believers
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Momentum - September 2019 - Passing Tech Inspection Proves Difficult for Teams at Sae Clean Snowmobile Challenge
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Momentum - September 2019 - Competition Comes to Mcity
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Momentum - September 2019 - Penn State Behrend Repeats as Champ at 40th Anniversary of Sae Supermileage
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Momentum - September 2019 - Victory for Victoria at Formula Hybrid
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Momentum - September 2019 - Engineering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
Momentum - September 2019 - F-16 Anti-Collision Software Now Used in the F-35
Momentum - September 2019 - Sae 101: Innovations in Mobility Conference
Momentum - September 2019 - Miscellaneous News for Sae Student Members!
Momentum - September 2019 - DOSSIER: Samuel Brennan of Millersville University
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Momentum - September 2019 - Navigating the Hiring Process in Industry
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