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After graduating from Lafayette, Neil Lovrich ’02 (Monroe Twp., N.J.), will further his mechanical engineering education this fall when he attends graduate school at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Although he finds it hard to leave, Lovrich believes that Lafayette has prepared him well for his next educational challenge.

“The mechanical engineering curriculum is very thorough and demanding here,” says Lovrich. “I have participated in many group projects since my sophomore year. These projects have put to practice the many engineering principles that we learn in class and have provided me with hands-on experience that is not typical at every college.”

This year, Lovrich has been part of the Mini-Baja team, a group of mechanical engineers working together to design, test, and race an off-road vehicle. Lovich and his teammates will enter the vehicle in the 2002 Mini-Baja competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers May 31-June 1 in Madison, Wis.

Lovrich believes that Lafayette’s strengths – its faculty and small classes — have helped him succeed.

“I am comfortable going to professors with questions about a project even when they are not the professor for that class,” he explains. “Lafayette also has very good facilities and resources to support important things such as senior design projects and honors theses.”

Lovrich’s work experience has also helped him earn acceptance to graduate school. During this January’s interim session between semesters, Lovrich had an externship with Foster Wheeler, an international firm based in Clinton, N.J., that provides engineering services and products to a broad range of industries. Last summer, Lovrich served an internship with I-STAT Corporation in East Windsor, N.J., which develops, manufactures, and markets medical diagnostic products.

Recently elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, Lovrich studied abroad in Belgium for a semester during his sophomore year. For all four years, he has been an active member of the Newman Association and played many intramural sports, such as softball, volleyball, ping-pong, and basketball. He earned two first-place finishes in the 3-on-3, under-six foot basketball competition.

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