What do you enjoy about your career?
I enjoy that every day is different because I have many different types of projects on my plate. I also enjoy problem-solving while troubleshooting machines because at times it is a challenge to find the root cause. I led projects to procure two pieces of equipment where the new processes yielded significant annual savings.
How well did your UW-Stout education prepare you for your career?
I felt extremely prepared after leaving Stout and entering the workforce. Not only was I capable of doing my job, but I gathered team leadership, communication and negotiation skills through achieving my degree. The hands-on learning has played a huge role in my success as an engineer because it has allowed me to better understand the mechanics of the machines I am physically troubleshooting.
Knowing what I know now, I would choose Stout again. Not only was I set up for a bright future in engineering, but I made lifelong friends, met my husband and fell in love with Menomonie all because of attending Stout.
What stands out about your experience as a UW-Stout student?
I was in only the second semester of graduates in the mechanical engineering program. Because the program was so new, the average class size was 10 people. I feel very lucky to have the 1:10 ratio in my core classes. It was a very personal learning experience.
Now that I have experienced the workforce myself, I like to reflect on my time spent at Stout and pinpoint key classes and experiences that prepared me for the role I am currently in.
You returned to campus during the Spring Career Conference to recruit for Andersen. What did you enjoy about that experience?
I really love seeing all of the students and talking with them about their experiences at Stout. I am blown away at how rapidly the major has grown and am very excited about the advances in the engineering department at Stout.