By: Dezaray Barr
Ethan Naylor, a 2012 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a bio-chemistry degree, went on to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Johns Hopkins in August of 2016 with a Master’s degree in bio-medical engineering. He is currently working as a pharmaceutical sales representative in the Washington, D.C. area.
“My time are IWU was fantastic,” Naylor said. “I grew significantly in my four years there.” Naylor believes this growth was due not only to his friends and professors, but also to Coach John Foss.
While a student at IWU, Naylor participated in Cross Country and Track, and through these activities Coach Foss was able to invest in Naylor’s life during all seasons.
Naylor said he was also invested in by Matthew Kreitzer. During his four years at IWU, Naylor worked with Kreitzer on science research projects and summer internships. “The amount of time Dr. Kreitzer invested in both myself and other students was extremely helpful. I would not be where I am today without the help and investment of Dr. Kreitzer,” Naylor said about his mentor.
Naylor said that IWU allowed him to get biological and mathematical experience, which prepared him to attend Johns Hopkins. Although IWU did not offer biomedical engineering, Naylor was able to supplement that with his biological and mathematical experience to get into the doors of Johns Hopkins.
IWU strengthened Naylor’s faith and solidified his walk with the Lord. He said IWU also prepared him to hold onto his faith even while attending a secular university.
He says working with Kreitzer on scientific research projects also gave hi, the opportunity to continue his education at a school as prestigious as Johns Hopkins. Because of Naylor’s assistance with these projects, he was attributed as a co-author of two published books and multiple papers alongside Kreitzer.
After graduating from Johns Hopkins and realizing he did not want to be in a lab the rest of his life, Naylor has found his position as a pharmaceutical representative enjoyable and to be a learning experience.
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a sophomore Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU Dezaray is involved in PRSSA leadership and runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.