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Matthew Falzone '02, a chemical engineering major from Catasauqua, Pa., has earned a position in Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory's Nuclear Operations Program, an accelerated management program that will train him to instruct U.S. Naval officers on the use of nuclear profulsion systems for submarines.

Falzone will spend six months in classroom training at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, Pa., before moving to Albany, N.Y. to complete hands-on training on a prototype nuclear reactor. After six and a half years, Falzone will have completed the program and enter a management position.

“Lafayette has provided me with the necessary background to succeed at KAPL,” says Falzone. “As an engineer graduating from Lafayette, I think I'm better prepared than engineers from other schools. The focus at Lafayette is on developing professional skills and communication skills instead of just 'crunching numbers' and solving equations.”

Falzone believes Lafayette's superior reputation and superb group of accomplished and available professors to be the college's greatest strengths.

“Most employers know that Lafayette produces great students, so I think it's an asset to have a degree from Lafayette. This school also has excellent, knowledgeable professors who are well known in their fields. The fact that the professors make themselves so available to students is unique.”

Falzone took advantage of the interim-abroad opportunities at Lafayette. He went to Hawaii in January of 2000 to study volcanoes and to Germany and Austria in May of 2001 to study alternative energy sources.

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