Digital Shipbuilding is putting a Senior Spotlight on Old Dominion University graduating senior, Neil St Clair. Neil is graduating with a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree with a concentration in Nuclear Systems and a minor in Engineering Management.
After graduation, Neil plans to apply for internships and study for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. He is also continuing his mentorship with Mr. Keith Hubble, Director, Technical Business Development at Fairlead Integrated. Down the road, grad school is also an option.
One of Neil’s biggest accomplishments during his time at ODU was helping to reinvigorate the ODU ASNE Chapter. After being dormant for many years, Neil was chosen to take the reins as President of the newly reinstalled ASNE Chapter.
“I stayed at ODU longer than I planned to so that I could spend this past school year building the chapter up before I graduated. I wanted to make sure students knew the significance of being part of this organization before I left. I want to look back 20 years from now, see ASNE still going strong at ODU, just knowing that I had a part in it,” Neil said.
Thanks to Neil’s diligence during his presidency, there are now 10 ODU ASNE Chapter members. Because of COVID, there have been some challenges getting the group together, but they’ve been able to take tours of facilities, including Fairlead Integrated, the VMASC Simulation Experience and Analysis (SEA) lab and our very own Digital Shipbuilding Innovation Lab. Neil will soon hand over the ODU ASNE Chapter President reins to another member, Daniel Erdogan.
What is Neil really looking forward to after graduation? “I’m looking forward to really starting my life. I’m ready to not have schoolwork to do, but to really concentrate on pursuing whatever I want, a career, a field, whatever it may be … I’m just open to the world in front of me,” Neil said.