Cohort Member Mixes Engineering and Project Management
In the spring of 2016, six UW-Platteville distance education students became the first members of the Distance Learning Center’s STEM Scholar Master’s Program. The program, which is funded as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation, provides students with scholarship funds, and academic and professional development support.
Marc Meono of Roy, Utah, is a member of the spring 2016 cohort. He enrolled in the Master of Science in Project Management program in the fall of 2015. “I chose to join the STEM Scholarship Master’s Program because it was a great way for me to learn more about the college, STEM, and myself, as well as receive some tuition along the way,” he said.
“Through the program, you are assigned a mentor to help you through your college experience. It is very helpful to work with them,” Meono said. “One of your first assignments is to create a set of short, medium, and long-term goals. This helps you put your education into perspective. It also helps you to plan how you will get through each semester. My long-term goals included graduating with my master’s degree and getting my Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential. My mid-range goals included getting through particular courses, and my short-term goals involved planning and scheduling for classes on top of full-time work.”
Throughout his first semester, Meono worked with his mentor, recent Master of Science in Project Management graduate Mark Sidote, a couple of times a month. “He was very helpful because he was there to give advice through experience,” Meono said. “I feel like I have met my goals for far. There is still a ways to go. I can continue on in the program, and I plan to. I do not believe my goals will change. This recipe has worked so far—why mess with it?”
Meono is an Electrical Engineer Contractor for BAE systems. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah. Meono also served for four years in the U. S. Navy.
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