Through many challenges and award-winning successes, Devin Dumke feels his UW-Stout education and experience have changed him. Dumke was named the Outstanding Student Leader of the Year in May 2022 and awarded the Samuel E. Wood Medallion, UW-Stout’s highest nonacademic honor.
“Both inside and beyond the classroom, my experiences at UW-Stout improved my leadership skills and taught me how to accomplish my goals,” he said.
Dumke graduated on Dec. 17 in computer and electrical engineering and has already begun his career as an embedded software engineer for Rice Lake Weighing Systems in Rice Lake.
“I enjoy both the work I do and the people I work with,” he said and plans to one day enter graduate school to gain a wholly new college experience.
How has Stout prepared you to work in your field?
I would not be able to succeed in my current position without the experience I had in the computer and electrical engineering program.
The experiential learning I received at UW-Stout has given me both the technical skills and soft skills I need to succeed in my field.
The faculty and staff are wonderful, and the hands-on lab experiences helped familiarize me with the work I now do every day. The learning experiences I had outside the classroom have also prepared me for my career goals, as it taught me how to be an effective communicator, how to work with others toward a shared goal and how to be a compassionate and responsible member of society.
What stands out about your Stout experience?
One of the things I wish I learned earlier in my time at Stout is how wonderful and kind our faculty are. They are understanding people who value student success, and I wish more students would recognize that and be willing to share with them.
Another thing that stands out to me is how great our Career Services staff are. My career counselor really supported my success and because I worked with the Career Services office, I started my career before graduation. They are incredible and deliver so much value to students who utilize them.