Christendom College

Liberal Arts and STEM Come Together at “Life on Tap”

April 12, 2016

tapChristendom College alumni Phil O’Herron (’00) and Damian Fedoryka (’94) will give insights into their respective fields of neuroscience and engineering at the “Life on Tap” networking event on Tuesday, April 19. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s St. Kilian’s Café, these successful alumni will explain how they went from the liberal arts to the hard sciences, and will be available for networking with students both before and after their talks. Refreshments will be provided, and the entire Christendom community is invited to attend.

Sponsored by the college’s career and leadership development office, “Life on Tap” gives students the opportunity to learn more about how their liberal arts education can help them find success in any career field following graduation.

ohorronWhile some modern scholars adopt the belief that it is better to skip a liberal arts education in favor of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, Christendom alumni have proven that studying the liberal arts first gives students an edge both in graduate school and in career fields later.

Alumnus Phil O’Herron is one of those success stories. After earning his B.A. in philosophy in 2000, he decided he wanted to learn more about the brain, and gained acceptance to George Mason University’s neuroscience program. After earning his Bachelor’s there, O’Herron was accepted to the doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his PhD and continued on at the school as a post-doctoral fellow. Today, O’Herron is a research fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina.

fedorykaDamian Fedoryka, the son of Christendom College’s second president, earned his B.A. in theology in 1994, and later founded a media production company. In 2004, Fedoryka earned his M.S. in electrical engineering from George Mason University, before working as a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin and a senior software engineer for L3 Communications. In his positions there, and at other locations, Fedoryka worked on projects in the areas of communications, signal & data processing and high speed computing. Fedoryka now works as a Staff Electrical Engineer at Orbital ATK, Space Systems Group, where he is the lead engineer for a satellite receiver, and is responsible for development, testing, and integration of a Software Defined Radio Platform.

Christendom’s “Life on Tap” networking events are highly popular and space is limited, so please arrive early for seating. For more information on this and past “Life on Tap” events, please visit here.

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