Year of Graduation: 2013

What are your favorite subjects?

My favorite subjects are on the fluids/heat transfer side of the mechanical engineering spectrum. It’s an interesting topic for me because unlike a lot of mechanical systems, the answers are not always obvious. It takes time and ingenuity to solve problems and I find that more rewarding.

What would you like to do with your degree? What would be your dream job?

I would like to work in the aeronautics or astronautics industry developing new technologies. The machines that help people fly are some of the most complex, delicate, and interesting ever designed and it would be very life-affirming for me to develop technologies that further those industries.

Did you go on co-op or study abroad? If so, what can you tell us about the experience?

I did 1 co-op and 2 internships while at Platteville. My experience in the co-op program was probably some of the most valuable and life-preparing part of my educational career. On co-op I was able to get hands on experience in project management as well as design experience. It was also the first time that I designed something from start to finish which was then manufactured and used in production.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?

Do a co-op or internship it will add marketable skills to your resume. The earlier you start to get internships the better, on my first internship I got recommendations on classes to take and skills I should learn that would make me a more valuable engineer. Platteville is a Liberal Education College; diversifying the classes you take is always good, and talking to your advisors and professors can make some extra classes you take work towards your graduation, even if it’s not on your major’s educational road map.

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