LMU Lion to Ivy Leaguer
Recent mechanical engineering graduate Chris Green is pursuing a Masters in Engineering Management at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The aspiring entrepreneur hopes to learn how to successfully fuse business and engineering so he can one day drive innovation at a company of his own.
Chris says he owes much to LMU for the bright path spreading out before him: “LMU provided me with such a dynamic engineering curriculum,” the LA native said. “Not only was it wonderfully collaborative, but it helped me build skills that made me sought after by employers and graduate schools alike.” Chris was also accepted to graduate programs at Cornell, Brown, and Johns Hopkins, among others.
For his senior capstone, Chris built and launched a high-powered reusable rocket for his project under the advisement of a lead propulsion engineer from SpaceX. He says these types of hands-on opportunities are a hallmark of an LMU education.
Drawn to LMU for its Jesuit ideals, Chris says some of his most impactful college experiences took place on Ignacio Companions service immersion trips with LMU’s Campus Ministry, where students are challenged to expand their worldview as they open themselves up to the reality of the people they encounter on their journey. Chris ventured to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.
“I really valued these experiences because they gave me an opportunity to engage with a broader global community and take away so many valuable lessons from the most unexpected of people,” Chris said.
In addition to being President of LMU’s chapter of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, Chris was also a supervisor at the Burns Recreation Center, an Undergraduate Research Fellow, and a member of the service organization Magis.
Following his graduate studies, Chris hopes to work on the business side of technology, preferably at a start-up. As for what advice he has for incoming Lions…?
“Constantly look for opportunities,” Chris said, “especially ones that intimidate you -- be afraid and do it anyway.”