McEldrew selected as spring 2015 student marshal


Senior Michael P. McEldrew has been selected as the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 8. McEldrew will receive a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

He has selected Darrell Velegol, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, to be his faculty escort at the ceremony.

A native of North Wales, Pa, McEldrew was the recipient of the Evan Pugh Scholar Award both his junior and senior year. 

While attending Penn State, McEldrew took part in two undergraduate research projects “Role of Enhanced Fluid Flows in Pseudomorphic Mineral Replacement,” and “Measuring Zeta Potentials of Colloidal Particles at High Ionic Strength and Temperature.”

While at Penn State, McEldrew also participated in intramural basketball and soccer.

McEldrew’s internship experience includes a position at DENTSPLY Caulk.

When asked if he had any advice for future chemical engineering students, McEldrew stressed that hard work and balance are key. "Stay focused and find a core group of people that can serve as your support system," he encouraged. "The curriculum is challenging but also very interesting. Study hard but make sure you leave enough time for social activities and learning beyond the classroom."

This advice has certainly proved useful for McEldrew. Following graduation, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.


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Mindy Krause

Michael McEldrew, chemical engineering student marshal, spring 2015



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