A Spotlight on Upcoming Senior Projects

By Solomon Hammerly ’16

During their final month as students of Catlin Gabel, members of the senior class find themselves working outside of the school’s tight-knit community, in order to explore jobs the outside world has to offer.

Ranging from service, internships, and research positions, the students spend their weeks exploring professions that interest them. While most students have yet to get onto the field to start their experience, a few were able to share what they have forecasted for

An example of Grovemade’s custom iPhone cases. (Photo: Flickr)

An example of Grovemade’s custom iPhone cases. (Photo: Flickr)

their projects:

Alexis Shoemaker found an interest in phone case design through the Catlin community. She explained that she was, “in an assembly, and I saw Ken Tomita give a presentation on it and thought it would be a great way to spend my senior project, and I wanted to get one of my own sketch design I’ve been working on.” Shoemaker is working at Grovemade, a company and shop that creates custom iPhone cases from items such as bamboo and other natural materials.

She continued, “I think its really interesting to see how a small business works and how the raw materials are formed, and come out a finished product.” Alexis hopes to get her own design she has been working made into a case by the end of the year.


Emmy Tuchmann plans to practice her sewing skills creating costumes for Wanderlust Circus, a theatrical circus group based in Portland. “I had a family connection for my project, my father met my senior project advisor, I enjoyed costumes and sewing, but I wasn’t very good at it. So I looked to get better from working with her,” she noted.

Tuchmann has also spoke about enjoying the lack of closed space this job provides for her. She said “I like it because I [get] to hang out with people from the circus and make a variety of costumes. I [am] also glad I [don’t] have to sit in a cubicle, as a lot of others do in their projects.”


Hunter Ray has always been fascinated by planes and aviation and had hopes of working in that field for some time. “I first set my sights pretty high, and tried to get to work at the National Guard air base. It was going really well, and I almost got approved to work there. I needed one last person to approve my request, and he shot it down,” he explained.

Ray didn’t think it would be worth it to give up on having an experience in flight. He later pursued a smaller job. “I ended up finding a job at this place called Northwest Aircraft Maintenance. It’s a pretty small shop, and they basically do small repair work. I’ve always wanted to do this, I almost thought about working on cars, but I felt [planes were] a little more interesting,” Ray said.

Office work is not being ignored amongst the seniors, as Hamzah Khan plans to work for Relic, a data analysis company based in California. Relic’s Portland location is one of the best offices in the city. Khan said, “I know that it’s going to be mostly open ended, meaning its based on what I want to learn. I’ll most likely be doing an equal amount of software development and product development, making some testing tools for the company.”

 Intel’s building in Hillsboro, Ore. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Intel’s building in Hillsboro, Ore. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Lukas Stracovsky is also pursuing a technology-based project by interning at Intel to help develop a new technology. He wanted to be a part of the movement, and said that, “We could connect our technology into watches, fridges, glasses, or other appliances that other companies have been trying to advance. I’m going to be working with a platform to help create a concept for this new ‘Internet of Things,’ a fridge for example, to let it be interconnected and smart. It could tell you when you’re out of milk, or certain dietary conditions for food items or even contact your doctor.”

Stracovsky continued, “I enjoy that this is a type of senior project I get to work at home on, I’m exploring this new environment

where there’s so much potential in how it can turn out, since not much progress has been made in the field so far.”

From groundbreaking possibilities to satisfaction in creating your own unique design, this current senior class’s potential for learning experiences is limitless.