Joseph Mahoney joined the ranks at Alvernia University in August of 2022 as the first director of the John R. Post School of Engineering, also established in 2022, and he came with a mission: to make it easier for graduating high school students to transition into college careers as engineering majors and to make earning an engineering degree a goal achievable in four years.
“Many incoming students graduate behind in math, and I want to build a stronger preparation platform for them through a summer bridge program," Mahoney said. "Ideally, they could take [at no charge as supported by a sponsorship or grant program] a pre-calculus class and feel more confident moving into coursework in the fall.”
It’s a work in progress, not terribly unlike the research Mahoney finds himself troubleshooting. This summer, with the help of an Alvernia engineering student, he studied the effects of stroller running on the pusher of the device, asking such questions as ‘How do gait mechanics change?’ and ‘Is the risk for injury increased?’"