Many individuals make the effort to avoid mathematics and science related courses. However, some, like Steven Lohrey, decide to go the extra mile by pursuing a career within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields.
As a Physics major and Mathematics minor, Lohrey is heavily involved within both of these departments on campus. Currently, he is the president of three organizations at Randolph-Macon, including the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honor Society).
“These positions have challenged me,” Lohrey said. “They’ve challenged me to lead and how to work well with others.”
Alongside these positions, Lohrey leads three separate Bible study groups. One of his Bible study groups consists of members from his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.
“I get the opportunity to encourage, teach, and inspire,” Lohrey said. “[This] is such a true blessing.”
Lohrey’s passion for mathematics and physics has led him to working with a former NASA employee, which so far has been one of the greatest opportunities in his blossoming career.
Dr. Roland Bowles, a Randolph-Macon alumnus, has helped Lohrey to develop a physics-related research project. In doing so, they have investigated the characteristics of turbulent wake vortices that exist behind all aircraft. In addition, they created their own mathematical model called the “Lohrey-Bowles model.” Their model has the ability to accurately predict NASA wind tunnel experimental data.
“This project has actual real life implications that can make a significant difference to help reduce congestion of aircrafts at airports,” Lohrey said. “I have enjoyed working on this research project so much. It has been very rewarding!”
In addition to this unique experience, Lohrey was a participant in R-MC’s Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. During his project, he studied the geometrical sand patterns on Chlandi Plates.
“I investigated the movement of sound waves through thin solid plates,” Lohrey shared. “It was successful! I was actually able to find a solution to the wave equation and computationally predict a subset of the sand patterns observed.”
After he graduates from R-MC, Lohrey plans to attend graduate school to receive a master’s degree in physics. Eventually, he hopes to earn a doctorate degree in physics as well. In the meantime, he will continue to participate in the various organizations he belongs to on campus, including the Commuter Student Association (CSA), where he also holds a presidential position!
The Yellow Jacket wishes you the best in your future endeavors, Steven!
-Dory Jackson ’16, Senior Features Spotlight