Student Spotlight: Steven Ates
What interested you about your field of study and give a detailed but somewhat brief
description of that course of study along with specific research interests?
What interested me about this field of study was that it was related to the ocean
and engineering. I have always loved the Gulf Coast and the beauty that the coast
has to offer. I had always been good at math and science so I figured I would give
this field of study a shot after changing my major from Marine Biology to Ocean Engineering.
This field of study allows you to experience hands on things as well as getting out
into the field to gain some experience of how the field is such as going onto the
R/V Point Sur. This field is challenging and very engaging to those who wants to make
a career out of this field of study.
What is/was the road to your degree path?
The road to my degree path was rather long due to changing my major several times. When I first attended to USM in Hattiesburg, there wasn’t an Ocean Engineering Program. It wasn’t until my junior year in college that I heard about the new program, and I knew that was what I wanted to do. It was a tough journey to get this degree because it requires a lot of math and physics as well as a lot of focusing and work to achieve it. The road may seem to be very tiresome and full of struggles, but the professors in this field are willing to help in any way that they can ensure that you succeed in the courses and the field.
I had always wanted to attend to USM because both of my parents attended to school
there, and it was close to home on the Gulf Coast. I attended to the Hattiesburg campus
for 4 years before transitioning to the Gulf Park campus. USM was the only college
that I applied to so that says a lot about how much I wanted to attend to USM. I also
wanted to attend there in the beginning because I wanted to do Marine Biology but
that didn’t work out until I found Ocean Engineering.
What type of job do you hope to obtain in your field of study after you graduate?
I hope to get a job in the shipyard such as Ingalls or a job offshore related to the
oil industry. I would much rather stay close to home working for some sort of contractor
company that works with shipbuilding or with the government such as the navy or coast
If you are a recent graduate, do you have a job in your degree field? What does that job entail?
I will be graduating in December!
Please share any other information that you feel would be helpful to other students or potential students about your degree.
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