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Educators recognized Luke Sobota’s intelligence at a very early age and challenged him academically.  During his primary education, Luke was consistently placed in classes (primarily math) with students two to three years his senior. We often worry that children who accelerate their education do so at the sacrifice of extracurricular activities like sports and social clubs.  Not Luke…this well-rounded young man competed in academic competitions, was a member of his high school’s swim and soccer teams, and graduated as Valedictorian.

Luke Sobota

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A Sophomore at Ohio State University, Luke is continuing to make academic strides while staying actively involved with sports and his local community. With the help of a $3000 ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship, he is majoring in Engineering Physics specializing in electrical and computer engineering. To give Luke the opportunity to share his academics and military life with us, this will be a two-part blog continuing on November 20th. This week, Luke shares his academic influences and goals.

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For the benefit of those readers who, like myself, are not very scientific savvy, I first asked Luke to explain his field of study and what sparked his initial interests. Luke describes his studies as a Physics major with a specialized engineering minor which, for Luke, is electrical and computer engineering. He says, “My interest in this field was sparked for numerous reasons. First of all, I extremely enjoy applying what I have learned into hands on lab experience which is exactly what engineering is all about. Specifically going into Engineering Physics was a harder decision to make though. Physics is a lot more math oriented than any of the other engineering majors which is something that I enjoy and excel at. I also liked that with the Engineering Physics major I can also specialize in another engineering major. In the future, I can see myself doing research in a physics field that possibly includes building and implementing circuit technology.”

Luke enjoys and excels at his studies so much that he is a teaching assistant for the fundamentals of engineering honors program. “From this, I am able to reinforce the material that I learned my first year at The Ohio State University through helping others learn it. During the second quarter of the program, students learn how to program in C. This quarter will definitely be a learning experience because every single student has a different style on how to write a program. This allows me to see others perspectives on a similar problem. During spring quarter of the fundamental of engineering program, students have to design and build a small robot (9’’ x 9’’) in teams of four students. This will allow me to help students in all forms of engineering including design, building, programming, and documentation. To help students, I have to be proficient in all of these forms of engineering, and this will come through training and experiences with students,” adds Luke.

To help Luke focus on the engineering aspect of his studies, he has spent his summers as an intern at Wright Patterson AFB Research Laboratory with both the Sensors and Propulsion Directorates. He expresses the positive influence of these internships saying, “These internships have not only helped to develop engineering and problem-solving skills, but have also helped me to use similar ideas that I can apply to schooling at Ohio State. These experiences have also allowed me to test out different fields and careers in engineering, and it has helped me to choose the correct set of classes that I will enjoy and excel in. Without these internship experiences, I am not sure if I would have set myself on the exact same career path that I want to be on now.”

Although Luke is very committed to his academics, he still finds time to enjoy sports, volunteer, and lead a worship band for Oasis Christian Community.  He is an active member of three honor societies and tutors 5th graders. How does Luke do so much while maintaining an excellent academic record? We wrap up this first segment of Luke’s feature with his answer: “My parents taught me to work hard, do my best, never give up, be honest, trust in God, and try to practice being a leader with every opportunity that came my way.”

Next week, we’ll learn more about the Sobota family’s military life and how it has shaped Luke into the successful student that he is today.

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