Five Spartanburg Day School alumni who have gone on to successful careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) returned to their alma mater Friday to share knowledge with and inspire Upper School students.
Mark Crowley ’07, D. Alex Meeks ’03, Catherine Eve Tisdale ’12, Aryn Aiken ’14 and Lucy Lynch ’08 spoke to students about their work in STEM-related fields during a panel discussion and afternoon classroom sessions. From Crowley’s custom-designed analog electronic musical instruments to the equipment and precision microscope used in Meeks’s work repairing complex luxury timepieces, students learned from the visiting alumni how today’s classroom instruction can lead to exciting professional paths in the future.
Meeks studied music at Hampshire College and York University. After 10 years of North American and European tours as lead drummer in several bands, Meeks returned to school to learn traditional watchmaking at the Litiz Watch technicum in Lititz, Penn. Today, he works as a watchmaker at a renowned high-end jeweler in Toronto, servicing and repairing complex luxury timepieces.
Crowley studied physics at Davidson College and earned a degree in electrical engineering as a graduate student at Georgia Tech. He is currently employed at Moog Music Inc. as a maker and inventor of electronic musical instruments, specifically the circuit boards that produce the sound. He has earned national recognition with his creation of original musical instruments using Moog synthesizers.
Tisdale graduated from Wofford College with a degree in biology and is a third-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. She is in the process of rotating through six core clinical clerkships (psychiatry/neurology, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery and internal medicine) at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Lynch earned a degree in architecture from Clemson University and has worked at architectural companies in New York and Washington, D.C. She has studied classical and vernacular architecture extensively. Lynch returned to Spartanburg in 2018 to establish her own practice focusing on residential work.
Aiken earned an environmental science degree from New York University, where she worked as an events coordinator for the university’s office of sustainability, led the campus environmental club and secured visual media internships. She is currently an e-commerce coordinator at sustainable beauty company Davines North America.