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Kathleen Maleski

Class of 2014
Major/Minor: Physics with a minor in Chemistry

Working in engineering has it’s challenges, but my passion for solving challenges started with an opportunity. And that brings me full circle; my greatest opportunity offered to me was a Liberal Arts Education.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

A Liberal Arts Education (LAE) is often taken for granted; however, when cultivated correctly, it can be your most valued asset. My LAE has taken me further than I could have ever imagined by allowing me the diversity to branch out, while also giving me depth to understand and apply my knowledge. My current career requires unique, analytical thinking, while being able to clearly and effectively communicate my ideas to prove and advance science. Working in engineering has it’s challenges, but my passion for solving challenges started with an opportunity. And that brings me full circle; my greatest opportunity offered to me was a Liberal Arts Education.

Who was your favorite faculty member? Story?

y favorite faculty member was Dr. Marteel-Parrish. She began as my role model ever since I sat in her General Chemistry class my freshman year. Not only does she educate her students, she propels them forward by challenging them scientifically and socially. I was taught how to understand concepts by not only performing on academics, but by also communicating my ideas and thoughts to my peers. She also gave me confidence to extend my educational career past Washington College.

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

It begins with waking up with the sunshine shining in my window, walking outside alongside my best friends, smelling the spring air as the Chestertown breeze passes by my face. I sit down to eat brunch, then I progress to “The Kib” (I was an athlete, this is the turf field stadium). My favorite memory is the air, the people, the environment, and of course, the famous GAME DAY.

Did your Senior Capstone Experience have a major influence on your future career or your personal growth? If so, please explain what your SCE entailed and how it influenced who or where you are today.

Yes! My SCE was a theoretical approach that studied how defects in materials affect their structure. I modeled graphene sheets using a variety of computer programs. I was continuing research that was developed through my Research for Undergrads (REU) internship at Pennsylvania State University. This influenced my future drastically, as I am now a member of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute and research for Drexel Prof. Yury Gogotsi’s Nanomaterials Group.

Campus Involvement
  • Women’s Varsity Soccer- Captain 2013-2014
  • Women’s Varsity Lacrosse- Captain 2013-2014
  • Presidential Fellow
  • Cater Society of Junior Fellows - Apprentice
  • Curriculum Committee - Natural Science Representative
  • Student Athlete Mentor
  • Math and Chemistry Tutor
  • First Year Task Force
  • American Chemical Society
Graduate School:

Drexel University, Materials Science Engineering, PhD