Collaborative Engineering Program Student Profiles

Sarah Barron

Sarah Barron
Year of Graduation: 2019

Sarah Barron returned to school to pursue her interest in engineering after earning her Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, and teaching for three years in Japan.

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Sarah Barron, a non-traditional student, began her studies at Madison College in 2014. During her two years at MATC, she completed an honors project focusing on photovoltaics and worked as a Supplementary Instruction Leader with the Chemistry Department. She credits Madison College and its instructors with providing many opportunities to explore different STEM fields, as well as her ultimate decision to pursue electrical engineering through UW-Platteville.

Barron wanted to continue living and working in the Madison area, and a Madison College advisor told her about UW-Platteville. She soon found that Platteville’s electrical engineering program was an excellent fit, because it offered the same level and quality of education as students attending classes on campus, but with the added flexibility that met her time and financial needs as a working student.

Now a year and a half into her education with UW-Platteville, Barron is thriving in the electrical engineering program, thanks to the enthusiastic and extensive support of the faculty, lab manager, and departmental staff. She particularly enjoys the hands-on nature of the laboratory design projects and is looking forward to earning her bachelor's degree.
Brian Eberwein

Brian Eberwein
Year of Graduation: 2017

Brian Eberwein, a non-traditional student, wanted to restart a mechanical engineering degree he began in 1992. However, he did not want to move his family away from Appleton to accomplish that goal.

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Brian Eberwein, a non-traditional student, wanted to restart a mechanical engineering degree he began in 1992. However, he did not want to move his family away from Appleton to accomplish that goal. After a friend mentioned the UW-Platteville Collaborative Engineering Program with UW-Fox Valley, Brian returned to school in 2013.

Readjusting to school as a non-traditional student was easier than expected because there were many other students in the same situation. Being a student on a smaller campus allowed more personal interaction with professors during and outside of class, providing more time for questions and assistance when needed.

Since his engineering courses were taught face-to-face in Menasha between the hours of 4:30-8:30 pm, Brian continued running his small business and raising his two young sons while attending classes. The exceptional UW-Platteville professors at the UW-Fox Valley campus made the material easy to learn through hands-on labs and experiments.

Brian took advantage of leadership opportunities serving as President of the Collaborative Engineering Club, tutoring fellow engineering students, and founding the UW-Fox Rocketeers, who took first place in the Collegiate Rocket Launch competition in 2017.

Brian completed his UW-Platteville bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2017, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and he is now working as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Plexus in Neenah, Wisconsin.

"If the Collaborative Engineering Program had not existed, I never would have gone back to school and received my bachelor’s degree and ended up at Plexus designing products that make a difference."

 

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