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Luke Johnas, 2017 Featured Graduate

Photo of featured graduating student Luke Johnas

Luke Johnas joined an effort by USM's chapter of Engineers Without Borders that journeyed to Villa Nueva, Guatemala. During the week-long trip, Johnas and others installed five solar water heaters for an orphanage.

Degree/s: Mechanical Engineering

Place of birth: Albany, NY

Hometown: North Bennington, VT

What led you to pursue your education at USM? USM provided an affordable approach to a four-year engineering degree. I really enjoyed USM's close-knit community and all of the opportunities to get involved.

Have you had an experience at USM that you feel changed your life or your view of the world? I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with USM's group of Engineers Without Borders. This service trip taught our group a lot about practical engineering skills and about a different culture. We were able to see very poor living conditions and help an orphanage by providing them with hot water.

What are your future plans? I will be working as an engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Is there anyone you'd like to thank? I'd like to thank my supportive parents and family. I'd also like to thank the therapy dogs that would come to campus during finals week.

To see all of our 2017 Featured Graduate profiles, click here.