Senior STEMinar: Jacob Williamson and Engineering

Senior STEMinar: Jacob Williamson and Engineering

Recent MVA graduate Jacob Williamson ’21 returned to campus to present his Senior STEMinar project in the field of Engineering. Jacob’s research was on screw insertion torque where he measured the tread per inch (TPI) on a screw to conclude how effective that screw would be when inserted into different materials. Jacob had 200 data points where he measured different TPI counts in a wood medium.

The Senior STEMinar presentation is the capstone project for seniors that are interested in gaining valuable real-life science experience before they head off to college. MVA’s STEM program includes engineering, sustainability, computer science, biomedical studies, and physics.

“I learned to pursue and study something that I am interested in,” said Williamson. “One hundred percent this prepared me for college and taught me about various data groups and how to approach lab reports and research projects.”

Jacob Williamson will attend Auburn University in the fall on a full-ride Navy ROTC scholarship where he looks to study Civil Engineering.

MVA’s science department is hoping to expand the STEM curriculum to include additional disciplines where students can deepen their understanding of different subjects while preparing them for college and possible careers in science.