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CAREER PATH

On a family vacation to the Drummond Island trail system.

Welding up the front footbox on "Magic," the UW-Madison 2018 car.

Who most influenced you on your journey to
becoming a professional engineer?
My biggest influence to becoming an engineer has
definitely been my dad. An engineer himself, he has
always given me the opportunities to expand my
knowledge and pursue my passions. He has been, and
continues to be, a great role model to me. That said, I
must attribute who I am today to both of my parents.
They have taught me everything that defines who I am.

Fast-forward to the present. I basically do everything I did on Baja
SAE, but now, for some reason, I get paid for it. Baja SAE helped me
find my career and, no doubt, prepared me for the workforce through a
seamless transition.

How did your involvement in SAE prepare you for
the workforce?
I didn't know it at the time, but joining Baja SAE was
the best decision I made throughout college to prepare
myself for the workforce. Like many, I joined for the
thrill. I wanted to drive and work on a surprisingly
capable off-road machine. I wanted to race against
other schools and show why engineering at the
University of Wisconsin was special. What I ended up
finding was my true passion. I made the best friends
through the most challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable
times of my life.
However, in the background, during my time on
the team and in team leadership positions, I learned
countless professional-level skills. I learned how to
appropriately design and model parts/assemblies,
how to validate designs, how to interact with team
members, how to interact with suppliers, how to
manage a timeline, and the list goes on. None of these
things could have been learned in the classroom. I
learned these skills through hands-on application for a
project that I truly cared about.

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Do you have any advice to offer students?
Being involved in SAE is a great thing for engineers at any point in
their life. Whether you are still in college or are well into your career,
SAE offers a great deal of design and other work-related resources
to its members. The biggest, and often most overlooked, resource is
SAE's networking opportunities. Going to SAE Student Night, or any
other Chapter meetings, is a great way to meet people in industry and
possibly get your foot in the door for your next internship or job.
What do you like to do for fun?
Aside from the obvious wrenching, fabricating, and riding, I also
enjoy watching motorsports. I've gone to a few Supercross Races, the
Crandon Short Course Off-Road Championships, and for the first time
this year I will be going out to Johnson Valley to watch the Ultra4 cars
compete at King of the Hammers. When I'm not buried in motorsports,
I enjoy staying active through weightlifting, hiking, hunting, camping,
and playing pickup basketball and volleyball.
Any final thoughts?
I don't have a paragraph-long "word from the wise." I'll leave that to the
experts. What I will say is: find your passion and follow it. Everything
else will fall into place.

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Momentum - April 2020
Start a new SAE Chapter in your life
BENEFITS U
Focused on design
Taking the classroom to the racetrack
Great moments happen due to the work of many
ONE-ON-ONE – Emily Kerr
Sticking to the schedule
BRIEFS
GM deploying electricals of the future in new architecture
Myers Awards winners named
SAE 101: Industry Leadership Award
Dossier: Justin Lange of John Deere
Focusing on the ‘E’ in STEM
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Momentum - April 2020 - Cover2
Momentum - April 2020 - 1
Momentum - April 2020 - Start a new SAE Chapter in your life
Momentum - April 2020 - BENEFITS U
Momentum - April 2020 - Focused on design
Momentum - April 2020 - 5
Momentum - April 2020 - 6
Momentum - April 2020 - Taking the classroom to the racetrack
Momentum - April 2020 - 8
Momentum - April 2020 - Great moments happen due to the work of many
Momentum - April 2020 - ONE-ON-ONE – Emily Kerr
Momentum - April 2020 - 11
Momentum - April 2020 - Sticking to the schedule
Momentum - April 2020 - 13
Momentum - April 2020 - BRIEFS
Momentum - April 2020 - GM deploying electricals of the future in new architecture
Momentum - April 2020 - Myers Awards winners named
Momentum - April 2020 - SAE 101: Industry Leadership Award
Momentum - April 2020 - Dossier: Justin Lange of John Deere
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