2008 Sussex Tech graduate Axel Moore is the first biomedical engineering doctoral student at the University of Delaware to become a Laird Fellow. The Fellowship is awarded to encourage recipients to engage in “broadening intellectual pursuits.” Moore is investigating human joint lubrication and the function of articular cartilage. His research centers on studying cartilage mechanics and their relationship with osteoarthritis (OA), a condition that affects over 45 million Americans. The grant will enable him to further research aimed at demonstrating that local defects of a certain size in the body can initiate OA through mechanical mechanisms that are well-understood for engineering materials.
Moore earned a bachelor’s of marine engineering technology degree at the California Maritime Academy in 2012, where he earned the distinction of cadet chief engineer. At UD, he is a graduate research assistant in the tribology lab. He is also a volunteer educator for UD’s K-12 Engineering outreach program.
2012 graduate Rebecca Southmayd will be a production associate intern during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. She will be working for NBC at their Stamford, Connecticut location which is their at-home base for the games where interns will be running the official website of the games, NBCOlympics.com http://NBCOlympics.com. As a Production Assistant, Rebecca will be editing footage of the events happening in Russia to post directly onto the NBCOlympics web site. In order to obtain the internship, Rebecca had to complete an application process, was then selected by NBC for an interview, and then was chosen as a finalist.
2012 graduate Franny DelRosario was accepted to McKendree University on a full lacrosse scholarship to play for the Bearcats. The Division II school is located in Lebanon, Illinois. While playing at Sussex Tech, Franny was named to the All-State Girls Lacrosse Team.