Pechan nominated as UWP super senior
PLATTEVILLE-Designing projects such as a baseball launching machine, an electronic Etch-A-Sketch and a breather valve for a jet engine, Brian Pechan of Avoca is one University of Wisconsin-Platteville December 2002 engineering graduate with more than numbers on his mind.
Pechan, who graduated from UWP Dec. 14 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, was nominated by Kurt Rolle, chair of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering, based on several areas of achievement.
"Brian has assumed an active leadership role in many design projects for various classes and has provided help to fellow students relating to my course work," Rolle said. "He's a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has worked for the industrial engineering department designing equipment and fixtures to improve assembly and fabrication methods."
Pechan's professional experience also includes a co-operative experience and internship with Rockwell Automation in Richland Center. Beyond the field of mechanical engineering, Pechan has demonstrated a commitment to his community.
"Brian helped coordinate a new community sports league in the area near his hometown for individuals ages 13 and older," Rolle said. "He helped raise funds, develop rules and regulations of the league and encouraged participation."
Pechan is a 1998 graduate of Riverdale High School in Muscoda and the son of Mark and Mary Pechan of Avoca. In addition to mechanical design and metalworking, he is interested in agriculture and helps out on his parents' farm in his spare time, maintaining and repairing equipment. Following graduation, Pechan plans to work for the UW-Madison physical science laboratory near Stoughton as a mechanical design engineer.