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After earning a bachelor’s degree in physics from Wright State in April, Jacen Urbaniak will pursue a doctorate. in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Jacen Urbaniak loves physics. He enjoys solving problems, learning how things work, and working in a structured learning environment.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Wright State University in April, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

He plans to focus his research on photonics, the science of light waves, and studying lasers and imaging. Photonics is one of Urbaniak’s many passions.

Urbaniak was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship, which provides funding to STEM students and offers them employment through the Department of Defense.

While Urbaniak was born in Newport News, Virginia, he spent most of his life in Sharonville, Ohio.

He chose to attend Wright State for a variety of reasons and said his first impression of the College of Science and Mathematics and the Department of Physics was incredibly positive.

“The physics department was very kind to me during my visit,” he said. “I was part of a good research program and I thought being next to Wright-Patt would give me a lot of good opportunities. I also enjoyed the atmosphere and size of Wright State.

Urbaniak participated in the Science Application Program, which allows students in the College of Science and Mathematics to undertake a research program early in their academic career.

Urbaniak is also working with Clark State University to develop course materials for a laser materials processing program. He is currently studying machines such as welders, cutters and 3D printers and compiling machining processes.


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