Bradley Odhner ’18

Brad Odhner in Cetraro, Calabria

Where are you from?
New Hampshire

What is your major?
Physics and Classics (Roman Civilization track)

Why did you choose to study these subjects?
I’ve been interested in physics since middle school because of the great baseline of understanding it offers. You can branch out into almost any subject with a good understanding of physics. I took Latin in high school and loved it. My first SAGES seminar here was on Roman Civilization and I realized I could add a major easily. I would be filling up all my non-physics courses with classics anyway, why not add a major?

What is your favorite class/faculty member, and why?
My favorite class has been PHYS 302 with Professor Michael Martens. It’s the physics department Junior lab course. The experiments required a good deal of thought but allowed you to use great equipment and recreate some very famous experiments.

Why did you choose CWRU?
For the heavy engineering focus and name recognition.

What do you like best about CWRU?
The experiences and resources it offers. Through CWRU, I’ve been able to live abroad twice and and take a great Co-Op.

What do you like best about living in Cleveland?
The great restaurants! Cleveland has so many cool independent restaurants and stores that can be explored.

Brad OdhnerDescribe any research projects, study abroad, internship or other unique experiences and opportunities you have had as a result of being a CWRU student.
The summer of my sophomore year I did research abroad at the University of Calabria in southern Italy with help from Professor Strangi in the Physics department and SOURCE. That allowed me to combine my two majors since I was able to travel on the weekends to visit important Greek and Roman sites.

This past year I Co-Oped at Keithley Instruments, a leader in the electrical test and measurement industry specializing in low currents and voltage. In the summer, I spent 6 weeks at the American School for Classical Studies at Athens traveling through Greece and getting an overview of Greek history and art. I was only able to do that through the guidance and help of Professor Jenifer Neils, who will become the director of the American School later this year.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am a programmer for WRUW (without a show at the moment though). Previously I was president of IMPROVment and treasurer of the Physics and Astronomy Club.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I’m currently working on repairing a 1954 Magnavox radio cabinet.

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?
Studying at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. It’s the premiere place to learn about ancient Greek history and was an amazing experience. One of the founding members of the school was also a Western Reserve Student.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Working in Industry as a Physicist.