Alumni Relations

Daniel Moon

Moon-Daniel 

Daniel Moon

BS Dental Technology, 2016


    Daniel Moon grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, specifically Troy, Michigan. He has always struggled with self confidence when it came to academics because he didn't have many mentors that were encouraging. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and struggled to find a job upon graduation. He began to explore various fields in healthcare, one field that stuck out to him was Dental Technology. 
 
Why did you choose IPFW? 
    It was the only Dental Technology program in the Midwest, also I wanted to be in close proximity to Chicago and the Detroit area. Fort Wayne was the perfect place to live and study because it was very affordable and met many friendly people. 
 
Were you involved in any student organizations? 
    IPFW Dental Technology Association- Founder 
    Dental Technology Class of 2016 President 
    Club Seoul- Vice President 
    The National Society of Leadership and Success- Event Coordinator 
 
Did you have any distinctions or awards during your time here? 
    2016 IPFW Top 50 Student Award 
    2016 College of Health and Human Services Most Outstanding Service Award 
    2016 Dental Laboratory Technology Highest Academic Achievement Award 
    2015 ADA Allied Dental Student Scholarship- Dental Laboratory Technology Recipient 
    Graduated with Highest Distinction with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 
 
Did a staff or faculty member act as a mentor for you during your education? 
    Mrs. Brooke Pratt, the director of the Dental Technology program. The first day I met with Mrs.Pratt, I knew the dental technology field was a great fit for me. Mrs.Pratt and her staff were all very encouraging while pushing us to always strive for perfection. I believe the field of Dental Technology requires both to be successful and I know that every student who goes through the program will feel the same way. Mrs.Pratt and her staff deserve all the credit for all my successes in the field and helping me restore my confidence. 
 
What is your greatest memory of your time in school? 
    Having the opportunity to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and developing friendships. 
 
Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW? 
    I remember decorating the entire classroom with my classmates for one of the professor's birthdays 
 
What career accolades have you received? 
    Our lab in the region received the lowest percentage for remakes within our entire company. 
 
Do you volunteer in the community? 
    I help out at Breakthrough Ministries on the west side of Chicago whenever I get the opportunity. I am part of the welcoming and hospitality team at church. 
 
What course(s) have you found to be most valuable in your professional life? 
    There wasn't one course that was more valuable than others, I believe they were all important in allowing me to grasp the concepts and applying everything into the profession. I found the internship part of the program was very essential because it allowed us the opportunity to apply everything we learned in a real laboratory setting. 
 
How did you become interested in your field?     
    Dental Technology combines both my passion for teeth and art. It provides endless opportunities to reach out the community and transform lives in tremendous ways. I love helping out at Indiana Mission of Mercy events because I get to play a little role in restoring a patient's smile. 
 
What is the best career advice you were given? 
    Whenever i make a mistake I am reminded, "It's a learning experience". Our professors would always tell us whenever we would make a mistake because it was true. In life when we make mistakes, we need to learn from them and move on. 
 
How has your education helped prepare you for your career? 
    My education from IPFW has provided me a platform to hone in on my skills in the real world and apply everything I was taught in the classroom. 
 
What motto or quote do you live by? 
    Do your best and let God do the rest! 
 
What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW or a current student? 
    IPFW will provide you with all the necessary resources for you to succeed. 
 
If you could describe your experience at IPFW in 3 words, what would they be? 
    Communal, Engaging, and Innovative 
 
If you could go back and change one thing from your college experience, what would it be? 
    Nothing, I believe I did everything I wanted to during my time at IPFW. Being able to work 2 part-time jobs, running clubs, and balancing my classes has taught me how to efficiently manage my time. 
 
Where would you like to be in 10 years? 
    Hopefully a dentist providing free to low-cost dental care and prostheses to people, who are less fortunate and elderly. My passion is to serve the un 
 
How would you want your fellow alumni and community members to remember you? 
    I was a person who was genuine, selfless, and went out of their way to help everyone. 
 
What are your hopes for our future? 
    I hope to see a more selfless society rather than a selfish society that only cared about themselves. I want to see more people giving back to the community, and finding joy in serving others.