Will Deo

Will Deo


Toronto, Canada



Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy (Concentration in Business and Technology)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics 


Post-Penn Plans

Accelerated Master’s in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at Penn


Penn Experiences

While at Penn, I served as the Chairman of Mask and Wig, President of the Engineering Students Activities Council, Co-Founder and Treasurer of VIPER Student Board, a Kleinman Center Undergraduate Energy Policy Fellow, and a Netter Center Fellow.  I also worked on a series of community engagement projects with local middle and high schools ranging from STEM and Music to inquiry-based science education.  Additionally, some of my best memories were made with some of my VIPER peers whether early on in VIPR 120/121, through spending time doing research over the summer with them, or working on senior design projects.  I wouldn't rather have it any other way!


Research Interests

High Energy Density Fuel Cells, 2D Layered Architected Materials, Superconductors, Microscopy Instrumentation and Processes


Why did you choose VIPER?

Coming out of high school I knew that I was interested in academic research as well as the evolving energy field.  VIPER seemed to be a unique program that suited my interests in both of these areas with strong program support.  All of this made it an easy decision!


What are three words you would use to describe VIPER?

Passionate, Driven, Exciting 


What is your favorite aspect about the program?

The VIPER Community is really great, from taking VIPER 120/121 and also with peers in my major, VIPER students have become some of my closest friends on campus.  It's great to be part of a group with such interesting and curious people.  


How do you see VIPER integrating into your future goals?

I'm excited to be involved in the energy transition in the future, I know that VIPER has given me a very solid fundamental understanding when it comes to the underlying science, but has also taught me how to think broadly about the field and all of its implications.  


What advice would you give to incoming VIPER students?

It's important to keep an open mind - what you think you're going to major in, pursue in research, or take on in extracurriculars might change and always remember to be open to new experiences!

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