David Colman


A short description about your current occupation/grad school:
As a nuclear engineer in the Navy, I'll be working on reactors driving carriers and submarines.  I'm also attending USC for an MS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Computational Solid and Fluid Mechanics. This trains me in both Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics, which are powerful computational tools to predict the behavior of solids and fluids.

What has been most valuable to you from your Gonzaga education?:
The well-roundedness of it is most valuable. I learned a lot from the strong engineering program here but also benefited from a broad liberal arts education.

What is a favorite memory or what are some favorite memories of Gonzaga?

  • University Ministry retreats such as SEARCH and Cardoner.
  • Gonzaga-in-Florence: Climbing to the top of the beautiful island of Capri, swimming in the Blue Grotto, cliff jumping, and coming back to the fish food festival in Sorrento all on the same day.
  • Learning to snowboard at Schweitzer.
  • Relay for Life and Take Back the Night: Coming together to serve with dedicated friends.
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David Colman

Current location: Newport, RI, then Washington, DC
Year of Gonzaga graduation: 2009
Current occupation/grad school: US Navy, Naval Reactors Engineers/ Grad school (online program) University of Southern California

PHOTO: David Colman leading a hike to Hidden Lake Peaks in the North Cascades