Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation Year: 2024
Hometown: Milford, Delaware
Q: Why did you choose to become an engineer?
Walton: I always enjoyed science and math as well as problem solving and decided engineering was the perfect match.
Q: What is your favorite course in the college of engineering?
Walton: My favorite courses have been my junior lab classes, MSEG 305 and MSEG 315. I got hands-on experience and we got to work on some very interesting projects.
Q: Who is your favorite instructor in the college of engineering?
Walton: My favorite instructor is Dr. Sheldon Hewlett, he is very passionate about what he teaches and is a great professor.
Q: Briefly describe your summer scholar research.
Walton: I researched molecular surface interactions from silanes and surface chemistry in the Dhong lab. I performed human testing as well as mechanical tests for friction to evaluate the reactions. My research is geared to make advancements in tactile aids for people with low vision and blind people.
Q: What’s your favorite study location or hang-out spot on campus?
Walton: I love studying at Perkins with friends.
Q: Have you had internships since starting college?
Walton: I had an internship with a civil engineering company my sophomore winter where I got to learn different types of software as well as go on trips to the field. I have done the Summer Scholars program for two years, where I’ve gained valuable research experience and knowledge.
Q: What experiences have you had outside the classroom?
Walton: I am a part of the school’s first Women and Non-Binary Valorant team and am on the executive board of the Video Game Tournament Club. I aim to create a welcome and safe space for those who are generally underrepresented in the gaming community.
Q: What is your dream job?
Walton: My dream job would be to work as a researcher for a company where they innovate and prioritize sustainability.
Q: What has been your favorite Delaware or Newark experience outside of college?
Walton: I love exploring the different shops and areas around Newark and northern Delaware such as antique shops and farmers markets.
Q: What advice do you have for new students?
Walton: If you are struggling don’t keep it to yourself, there’s a lot of resources and people to reach out to. College is about being out of your comfort zone and it’s okay to realize you want to take a different path.