Pursuing a Lifelong Dream

Engineering a Unique Educational Journey

B.S. in Engineering student Nathaneal Hill
B.S. in Engineering student Nathaneal Hill is advancing his education at Embry-Riddle with the goal of becoming a full-titled engineer. (Photo, shot off-campus: Nathaneal Hill)

Ever since he was a kid, B.S. in Engineering (BSE) student Nathaneal Hill has always been fascinated by engineering and aerospace. Both of his parents were pilots, so Hill grew up around planes, but found himself more interested in building aircraft than flying them.

“I was always tinkering with things, taking things apart and trying to make designs for things to work better,” he said. “Since I was 10 years old, I started designing different types of aircraft.”

To begin his college career, Hill earned a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Brigham Young University. After gaining more work experience post-graduation, he decided that he wanted to advance his career and become a full-titled engineer.

A few Eagle alumni introduced him to Embry-Riddle, which led to his decision to pursue an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE). He found that he needed to fill some gaps in his education before enrolling, so he decided to start working toward a B.S. in Engineering.

During his time in the bachelor’s program, he has been able to expand his previous engineering knowledge and dive deeper into engineering fundamentals. Given the growth of technologies and systems, the program addresses current industry challenges to prepare students like Hill for the future. Thanks to its multidisciplinary perspective, the BSE covers everything from mechanical and electrical to aeronautical and systems engineering.

Having recently taken a new position as a Test Engineer at Northrop Grumman, he has discovered that there are many lessons from the program he can apply directly to his job. Working while going to school can be challenging, but it can also be very rewarding.

“If you’re working in the field and learning at the same time, it’s really cool to immediately apply what you’re learning, and it solidifies your education more than just learning in school,” Hill said.