Trowbridge named engineering science student marshal


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Michael J. Trowbridge has been selected as the student marshal for the engineering science baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. Trowbridge will receive concurrent bachelor of science degrees in engineering science and mechanical engineering and a minor in engineering mechanics.

He has chosen Timothy J. Eden, senior research associate in engineering science and mechanics and Division Head of Materials Processing in Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), to be his faculty escort at the ceremony.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

“I am honored to represent the engineering science and mechanics department,” said Trowbridge. “The department’s atmosphere of support, research and collaboration drives students to tackle some of today’s biggest engineering problems. The mentorship I have received remains a foundation for growth and an enduring example of leadership.”

Trowbridge, a native of Bellefonte, PA, is the son of David and Deborah Trowbridge, also of Bellefonte. He is a 2013 graduate of Bellefonte Area High School.

A Schreyer Scholar, Trowbridge completed an honors thesis titled “Comparative Assessment of Cold Spray, Laser-Assisted Cold Spray, and Direct Metal Laser Sintering of TI-6AL-4V.” In completing the research, Trowbridge collaborated with the ARL, the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, the Army Research Lab and several manufacturers.

As part of the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program of the ARL, Trowbridge conducted research in the ARL’s Materials Processing Division from summer 2014 to spring 2017. Trowbridge’s research included materials characterization, advanced coatings, mechanical testing and computational impact modelling.

His academic honors include the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award, the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (both junior and senior years) and the Boeing Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Junior Award. He also placed first in the Oral Presentation category for the 2017 ESM Today Research Symposium with his presentation titled “Cold Spray Particle Impact Modeling Using the Preston-Tonks-Wallace Plasticity Model” and was a presenter at the Penn State Materials Research Institute’s Materials Day 2015.

Trowbridge has been the recipient of multiple scholarships while at Penn State: the Lashley Scholarship in Engineering; the LGS STEM Scholarship; the Francis R. Pentz and Helen M. Pentz Memorial Academic Excellence Scholarship; the Edward M. Frymoyer Honors Scholarship in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the College of Engineering; the Louis A. Harding Memorial Scholarship; the Frances L. and Ardell J. Anderson Scholarship in Engineering; and the Gabron Scholarship in Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Mechanical Engineering. He was also the recipient of the Dale and Jeanne Mosier Fund for Excellence in Engineering Science and Mechanics.

As the head of projects for Penn State’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Trowbridge oversees the organization’s local and international projects. He is coordinating efforts to design and construct a solar array system to power a water pump for a community in Roatan, Honduras. Locally, Trowbridge is managing the design and construction of a rain catchment system for Penn State’s MorningStar Solar Home.

Trowbridge is interested in aerospace research and design. Through the Accelerated Engineering Hiring Initiative, he completed a summer 2016 internship as a structural design engineer within Boeing’s Phantom Works Department. There, he designed prototype rotorcraft components and assemblies. 

After graduation, Trowbridge will return to Boeing for a summer internship within Boeing Research and Technology, performing composite research in Charleston, SC. Following the completion of his internship, he plans on pursuing a graduate degree at Penn State to research smart materials and structures for future rotorcraft or spacecraft.


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Senior Michael J. Trowbridge

Senior Michael J. Trowbridge

“The department’s atmosphere of support, research and collaboration drives students to tackle some of today’s biggest engineering problems. The mentorship I have received remains a foundation for growth and an enduring example of leadership.”



The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

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