James Aldridge, a senior chemical engineering student at YSU, will be starting Case Western Reserve University’s Ph.D. program in Macromolecular Science and Engineering this August, where he’ll be working with the prestigious and internationally recognized Baer and Hiltner research group.
Aldridge of Brookfield worked as a summer intern at Case previously, completing a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2009 analyzing and structuring the fabrication process for multi-layered organic films. After graduating from YSU this spring, he’ll complete a second REU with Case in the July before starting the Ph.D. program. He eventually plans to work in a research lab as a managing scientist of research teams.
Starting out in construction just a few years back, Aldridge only had a faint idea of where a future college experience could lead him. “I got bored with my job, but I was good at it,” said Aldridge. “I wanted to see what else I could do along those lines.” Teaching himself algebra, he tested into a college-level math course and began to work his way up, excelling in his major. “When you’re determined,” he said, “you can do anything.”