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Casey Trail

Casey Trail '05

Major: Mathematics

Minor: Economics, Philosophy

Additional Education: Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from The Pennsylvania State University; Master of Science in Mathematics, Miami University

Current Job: Risk and Decision Analyst at Argonne National Labs

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity

Athletics: Rowing

Favorite Professor: Mark Miller (John Tynan is a close second)

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I was on a recruiting trip for the men’s rowing team in the spring of 2001. Those guys showed me the campus, sold me on the school, and made me feel right at home.

Favorite Marietta moment?

The week of cleanup in the fall of 2004 after the College flooded was a particularly memorable time. Lots of people stayed to help at the College (and in town) rather than go home. I haven’t met anyone that has had as much fun serving their College as we did that week.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Lots of hard work squeezed in between lots of fun. My fraternity (Delta Tau Delta), and the rowing team were an enthusiastic and supportive group of men. Lots of healthy distractions made the “day to day” seem easy. Class work was always challenging. Again though, a supportive group of professors and classmates made it easy to stay motivated.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I was very prepared for graduate work at Miami University and I owe all of that to the education I received at Marietta College. While at Marietta I had the chance to do original research and publish my results in a research journal. There is little doubt that this provided a major “boost” to my applications to Ph.D. programs.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means that I went to a college that cares about me as an individual, and prepared me for a success.