Aspiring Engineer Follows in Family’s Footsteps

Math and science wiz Matthew Lucey ’16 will be a third-generation Manhattan engineer.

Since Matthew Lucey ’16 was young, he’s heard his grandfather and uncle talking fondly about their time at Manhattan College.

Matthew LuceyLucey, an aspiring civil engineer, comes from two generations of civil engineers, including grandfather Vincent DeSimone ’59 and Stephen DeSimone ’88 of DeSimone Consulting Engineering.

In fact, as Lucey recalls, both his grandfather and uncle call the education they received at Manhattan College, “the building blocks for their successful careers.”

“I am a big math and science guy. I like to picture how things work on a larger scale, and to be able to manufacture someone else’s idea and make it work,” he explains, discussing his passion for engineering. “That really enticed me into the business itself.”

In addition to majoring in civil engineering, Lucey plans to minor in environmental engineering at Manhattan.

His interest in math and science peaked at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School while taking a pre-engineering/manufacturing course as a freshman, and also calculus and physics. All the while, he maintained a full athletic schedule of varsity baseball, swimming and wrestling in high school, in addition to refereeing for the Rumson Borough flag football program.

“Matt is very capable and an intelligent young man,” says Jon Reynolds, industrial arts teacher and baseball and soccer coach at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. “He worked hard in the classroom and on the baseball diamond.”

With any spare time Lucey had between sports seasons, he always managed to volunteer as a classroom aide for his local Catholic Church’s CCD program. He worked mostly with fifth-through eighth-graders and assisted in lesson planning throughout the year.

What most excites me about engineering at Manhattan College is the honor to learn from some of the best professors in the country.

At Manhattan, Lucey is looking forward to joining a few of the intramural teams while adjusting to college and dorm life.

“I’m most looking forward to being on my own and seeing if I can achieve the same standards I achieved at home,” he adds.

The biggest goal for his freshman year, Lucey admits, is to achieve a 3.5 GPA despite a roster of difficult classes.

The future civil engineer already has post-college plans for graduate school after attending officer-training school with the U.S. Army. After earning his master’s, he’ll no doubt have a variety of job options to choose from — including the family business.

“What most excites me about engineering at Manhattan College is the honor to learn from some of the best professors in the country,” Lucey adds.