Student Spotlight: Frank Giuliani
Frank Giuliani first graduated from College of DuPage in 2002, when he earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Mecomtronics (now Integrated Engineering Technology). He then worked in industry, primarily with analytical instrumentation.
“I built a couple hundred Cd-109 isotope sourced X-ray fluorescence spectrometers (XRF) for detecting lead in paint. I then transitioned to quality assurance and customer service for X-ray tube-based analyzers, those that were designed to measure the majority of the elements on a periodic table, from Mg to U,” he said. “I most recently managed a customer service group, providing support and maintenance for a variety of these analyzers to a global marketplace.
“It was through working with tools like these that I became much more interested in science and engineering. To see how it is useful, that I could be a more effective problem solver, is what motivated me to return to school.”
Giuliani selected College of DuPage for a second time. Inspired by a chemistry course, he landed an internship at Northwestern University and worked with a team studying how light interacts with man-made materials, called metamaterials, on the nanometer scale in hopes of enhancing light absorption of optoelectronic devices. This could be applied to improve technologies such as solar cells.
“I have always been fascinated with light, that it is ubiquitous and yet still somewhat mysterious. Learning how nanotechnology is improving the efficiency of light sensors is exciting,” he said.
Giuliani graduated from College of DuPage with his Associate in Engineering Science degree and is now studying electrical engineering at Arizona State University. He eventually would like to help lead a team of engineers and scientists toward developing new tools to study matter, bringing a unique customer-focused perspective to his work.
He appreciated being allowed to take the necessary time at College of DuPage to rebuild his math and science foundation, and he was grateful to the faculty for their hands-on approach.
“At COD, I paced myself appropriately, and I valued the quality of education over the speed at which I complete my coursework,” he said. “I am grateful to professors like Dr. Richard Jarman, who showed real interest in the success of their students. Dr. Jarman understands the human element in education and uses his vast talents to see that his students reach their potential. It is to him that the opportunity at Northwestern was made possible.”
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