Top class scholar Robyn Bradford heads to UD for
materials engineering doctoral program Bradford had internships at Boeing, Wright Patterson Air Force Base and other locations, during her college years.
Graduating at the top of the Central State University Class of 2011 was Robyn Bradford, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering.
Next stop for her? The University of Dayton where she’ll begin work on programs leading to a doctorate degree in materials engineering. Bradford has garnered fellowships, such as the NASA and the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Fellowship, that are completely paying for her graduate work.
“My career goal is to be the best research scientist I can possibly be,” says Bradford, who was born in Indiana.
Her impressive academic career at CSU, including graduating with a 3.96 GPA, has enabled her to achieve distinction as a scholar. Plus she served as vice president for the CSU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and was cofounder of the STEM Club.
Robyn was a non-traditional student; College Preview Day
Prospective STEM scholars and other high school students are invited to College Preview Day at Central State University on Saturday, November 5.
“Students can visit with faculty, tour facilities, and learn about campus life,” says Phyllis Jeffers-Coly, Dean of Enrollment Services.
To learn more, visit www.centralstate.edu
or telephone (800) 388-2781.
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she was a licensed practical nurse who decided to get her engineering degree.
“I was planning on going to Wright State, but I met Wanda Canales, a CSU Senior Admissions and Diver- sity Officer, who encour- aged me to visit CSU,” Bradford said. She visited the campus twice, and spoke to Dr. Abdallah (Mahmoud Abdallah, then chair of the manu- facturing engineering department). “I really liked everything about Central State,” she recalls.
The talented scholar is glad she made the CSU decision. “My profes- sors were committed to helping me learn, helping me succeed,” she reports. “There was a wealth of opportunity, including being able to do extensive research, that I don’t think I would have been exposed to elsewhere. Central State has been an excellent training ground.”
She credits the Center for Student
Robyn Bradford graduates at the top of her class.
Opportunities for helping her obtain scholarships to attend CSU. “I was able to stop working fulltime and concentrate on my studies,” she says. “I have profound gratitude for what Central State has done for me.”
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