STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Brendan Crotty
Cherokee Nation citizen Brendan Crotty stands next to his entry in the Engineering Mechanics division at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Phoenix. COURTESY
MUSKOGEE – Cherokee Nation citizen Brendan Crotty has studied, in various forms, metalworking since he was 11 years old, and has since received recognition for his studies and projects. He is home schooled and will be a senior this fall.
In May, he traveled to Phoenix to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where he won second place in the Engineering Mechanics division out of 98 students. Overall, more than 1,800 students from 82 countries entered the fair.
Crotty’s entry was a natural gas burner designed to lower emissions of oxides in nitrogen in high-temperature industrial applications.
Earlier in the spring, he won top honors at regional and state science fairs with his project in addition to receiving awards from the Yale Science & Engineering Association, Ricoh Sustainable Development, the U.S. Metric Association and the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association.
In April, he attended the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he placed second with his project and was named a Presidential Scholar Semifinalist.
“I actually started science and engineering through metalworking when I was about 11 years old. I started doing blacksmithing and welding when I was 11, and it slowly evolved into other types of metalworking, and then from there I moved into the science fair and toward engineering,” he said.
Crotty said being homeschooled has given him the opportunity to further his studies.
“I will say that has definitely attributed to everything I’ve done with science fair, definitely more freedom to learn other things and have time to do experimentation and science projects and things like that,” he said.
Crotty said his interest lies in metallurgical engineering, which is the study of metal in terms of manufacturing, processing, foundries, steel mill, designing engine components for automotive companies and all other aspects.
This summer he is interning for the American Foundry Group in Muskogee where he is working on a research project for the Steel Founder’s Society of American.
“The project focuses on developing a database to increase the accuracy of strength and property predictions within steel castings such that parts can be designed with a higher level of confidence,” he said.
Crotty is looking to attend college upon graduating, possibly at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he can study metallurgical engineering or obtain a material science degree.