Chippewa grad named OU’s top male scholar

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published April 22, 2021




CLINTON TOWNSHIP/ROCHESTER — Jack Andrews has taken full advantage of his collegiate experience, advancing his own career aspirations while also benefiting others.

Andrews, a Clinton Township native and Chippewa Valley High School graduate, was recently named Oakland University’s recipient of the 2021 Alfred G. Wilson Award. The honor is annually awarded to the university’s top male scholar.

The OU senior was nominated and required to fill out an application that included an essay and two references. Ultimately, he was selected by university staff, faculty and his peers to earn the honor and a $1,000 stipend.

“It was a tremendous honor and I was really happy,” he said.

Andrews, a 22-year-old bioengineering major who is part of OU’s Honors College and is graduating this month, has excelled inside and outside the classroom.

He has served as event coordinator for OU’s Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society chapter, as well as vice president of the university’s men’s club soccer team — the latter of which won a Michigan Collegiate Club Soccer League championship in 2019.

Andrews has also made impacts in other states, participating in alternative spring break programs at BARCS Animal Shelter in Maryland, and Catalina Island Conservancy in California.

He said soccer helped him meet new people and make friends, while other endeavors have impacted him personally and academically.

“I’ve always felt fortunate enough to kind of grow up in a good family and fortunate to grow up in fortunate circumstances,” Andrews said. “Also, being an engineering major, I thought it was always important to learn outside the classroom and improve my communication skills.”

Possessing an affinity toward AP Calculus and mathematics going back to high school, he decided a bioengineering major was a good path to achieve academic goals.

He’s done just that, by serving as an undergraduate research assistant for the Department of Chemistry and the School of Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked alongside faculty mentors to present research on campus, as well as at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Kennesaw, Georgia — which involved two first-author conference proceedings.

From January to March of 2020, he interned at Beaumont Health and had duties that involved managing, repairing and maintaining medical equipment like IV pumps and ventilators. He also worked on statistical models related to maintenance schedules of items, and purchasing FDA-approved equipment.

When the pandemic hit last March, he worked in a remote role for two months before interning at Beacon Health, in South Bend, Indiana, between May and July. He experienced firsthand the impact of equipment that had life-or-death consequences in hospital systems.

As for his biggest personal accomplishments while at OU, he cited the club soccer championship and the two conference publications that took hard work to complete.

Following graduation, he will attend the University of Michigan for its biomedical engineering program. Later, he plans to either pursue a Ph.D. and work in academia as a professor, or work for a medical device industry.