May 20, 2015

Saratoga Springs SUNY Poly grad proves it's never too late to go back to school

By: Larry Rulison

Source: Times Union

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Times Union

Spa man earns master's in nanoengineering in 3 years of intense study

Albany

Michael Ostrelich has proven that high-tech is not just a young man's game.

On Saturday, the 76-year-old Saratoga Springs resident was among the 48 students who were awarded degrees from SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.

Ostrelich, an engineer who used to work for General Electric Co., earned his master's in nanoengineering after three years of intense study at SUNY Poly.

Ostrelich already had an engineering degree from NYU and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He still works today as a consultant.

But when he was taking courses several years ago at Schenectady County Community College as part of his state engineering certification, he figured he might as well get another degree in the process. He ended up enrolling at SUNY Poly.

"You're never too old to learn," Ostrelich said. "But it was very, very difficult."

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