Stephen Babcock ’17

Mathematical Science and Engineering Dual Degree Program

Stephen Babcock has a passion for problem solving. As a manufacturing engineer for Hoosier Spring Co., Stephen helps reduce variation and waste in the aerospace and nuclear technology industries. He also works in automation and robotics. Most of his work involves determining solutions for key issues in his industry.

Before working as a manufacturing engineer, Stephen pursued Franciscan University’s Engineering 3+2 Dual-Degree Program. His coursework prepared him to transfer from Franciscan to the University of Notre Dame, where, after 5 total years of studies, he graduated with two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science from Franciscan University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Notre Dame.

“Professors in the Engineering Program are really good at applying a workplace environment to the classroom,” Stephen says. “Being able to work with professors one on one really helps foster the growth and academic excellence that Franciscan focuses on.”

Stephen also completed two summer internships that helped connect him with working professionals in the field.

In his sophomore year, Stephen traveled abroad through Franciscan University’s Austria Program.

“I’m really grateful for Dr. Derek Doroski and Dr. Justin Greenly for wanting us to grow in all aspects, not just in our technical field.”

Outside the classroom, Stephen was a starter on the ultimate Frisbee team that won the 2015 Ultimate D-III College Championship. There, Stephen was a part of a community of strong, Catholic men who were top-notch Frisbee players and competitors. He was also a member of Disciples of the Word Household and the Franciscan University Center for Leadership.

“I chose Franciscan because it felt like home,” he says. “I really wanted that well-rounded experience that Franciscan has to offer.”

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