When J.D. Crawley ’12 was up late solving a single math problem that took two hours, he sometimes doubted he was heading down the right career path. He had to remind himself the hard work would pay off when he earned two degrees in five years through the joint engineering program between Franklin College and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Crawley’s goal to be highly marketable upon graduation drove him to becoming the first-ever student to complete the program. While dually enrolled at IUPUI his senior year, Crawley earned a Franklin bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. Upon his graduation, he spent one year enrolled full time at IUPUI, completing a degree in mechanical engineering.
With a few years to reflect on the program, Crawley has a deeper appreciation for his faculty mentors and scholarship donors. Two mathematics professors were instrumental.
“Drs. Robert Talbert and John Boardman had a real passion to get the program off the ground. They laid out an impressive plan and, fortunately, let me blaze the trail with them,” said Crawley.
Scholarship donors John Grimmer (HD ’12), an honorary college trustee, and his wife, Barbara, also were key.
“I’ll always be grateful that they helped me pay for college. It means a lot that they believed in students like me and our potential to benefit from a new kind of program. I credit the breadth of the program with the early success I’ve had in my short career,” said Crawley.
Crawley interned twice during college with Stanley Black & Decker in Indianapolis and later was hired full time as a productivity engineer. Recently, he also was appointed the environmental, health, safety and sustainability manager. He is especially proud of his involvement in developing recycling solutions that helped the company achieve zero-waste production, strengthening its standing as a good corporate citizen and saving approximately $2.5 million annually.
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Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. Students enjoy the comfort and safety of suburban living, while also experiencing the many opportunities Indianapolis has to offer with a short 20-minute drive to downtown. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its more than 1,000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees in 51 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 42 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and five cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.