Degrees and Certifications:
Daniel DiAngelis ~ Class of 2016
As a second-grade student at Lanoka Harbor Elementary School, Daniel DiAngelis wrote, “When I grow up I will be an airplane engineer”. 15 years later, he is realizing that dream as an advanced research engineer at Honda Aircraft Company. Daniel grew up in Lanoka Harbor and completed primary and secondary school in the Lacey Township School System.
In high school, Daniel participated in a variety of extracurricular activities, including the math team, physics club, robotics club, tennis team, and drama club. Daniel always knew he excelled in math and science, but gained a true passion for engineering in Mr. Setaro’s Computer Aided Drawing and Design (CADD) class. He further explored this interest in the STEM Academy his senior year.
As a high school student, Daniel also gained a passion for teaching by tutoring his friends and other students through the NHS program. After graduating from high school in 2016, Daniel went on to pursue his Bachelor’s degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Here, he majored in mechanical engineering, minored in electrical engineering, and maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA.
When not studying, Daniel spent most of his free time inline skating or at the on-campus radio station. In college, Daniel was able to continue to express his love for teaching as a teaching assistant (TA). He also gained valuable work experience in internship positions at the boat company, Viking Yachts, and the automotive company, BorgWarner. Following his undergraduate education,
Daniel pursued a Master of Engineering degree at Cornell University. Here he took on more teaching responsibilities as a graduate TA, and concentrated his studies in the interdisciplinary engineering area of control systems. After working on vehicles for the sea and land in his internship, it was time for Daniel to take to the sky. During the second and final semester of his Master’s program, he landed a job at Honda Aircraft Company where he is now working on automatic flight controls and electro-mechanical systems.
Daniel remains grateful for the faculty at Lacey Township High School who steered him in a direction that allowed him to achieve his childhood dreams.