Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Malcolm Eaton ’13

Class and career connections: I took Professor Xuesheng Chen’s Classical Mechanics and Electronic Circuits course during my sophomore year. Little did I know that she would be the one who would influence my decision to join the Nuclear Propulsion Program. That course was my first real experience with hardware. I found it fascinating and it made me more interested in the electrical engineering aspect of the Physics major.

Imagine the solutions: My first computer science course was Professor Tom Armstrong’s Robots, Games, and Problem Solving. Professor Armstrong is also a leading force behind the Wheaton Autonomous Learning Lab (WHALE Lab), which has become an environment that promotes stress-free creativity and innovation. It’s a place where I’ve spent a large amount of time during my senior year.

Prepare to lead: I’ll begin my work with the Navy by going to Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., for 12 weeks. Following OCS, I’ll attend Nuclear Power School for six months in Charleston, S.C. After that, I’ll participate in Nuclear Prototype, which is a six-month program in Charleston, S.C., or Ballston Spa, N.Y., that involves working at a nuclear reactor. Finally, I’ll head to submarine school in Groton, Conn., before being assigned to a submarine.

The pursuit of excellence: Being an officer on a nuclear submarine will not only allow me to work with some of the most advanced technology the U.S. has to offer, but will also provide me opportunities to travel and stay physically active in a position that has a competitive salary in the civilian engineering field.

On-the-job discoveries: I worked as a software engineer at BAE Systems last summer and this past winter, and had originally accepted a post-graduation position there last August. I was able to witness some incredibly impressive military technology while I was there, but I realized I wanted to pursue a more active engineering position instead of staying in a behind-the-scenes desk job.

Collegiate pride: My favorite aspect of Wheaton is its academics. I’ve developed great relationships with the professors in both of my majors and have received what I believe to be a world-class education.

 By Adara Meyers ’08