To whom much is given, much is expected.’ I’ve had tremendous privilege and opportunity and my UW degree and relationships have contributed significantly! I remain connected because of stewardship, engagement, continued learning, and the pure joy of seeing students whose potential is so great. I believe those of us with life experiences and practice knowledge can really help aspiring engineers.
Why is it important for alumni to support the college? Everyone must answer this for themselves—whether loyalty for what was given them or investment in what the university can do for the future. I believe in both. I believe Why we give we achieve in part because our forebears provided us the opportunity—and I am enormously grateful.
My most memorable experience: The final exam in Intermediate Thermodynamics taught by Edward F. Obert, a true genius. He advised us to allow an entire day for the exam, which was on a Saturday. He arrived with a grocery bag of popcorn, 2 liters of soda, a handful of Garcia Vega cigars, and a clunky old black-and-white television with rabbit ears. He distributed the exam (upon which a significant portion of our grade depended), and then turned on NFL playoff football while smoking, eating and drinking the supplies he’d brought. He’d make us set our pencils down and watch replays of especially exciting plays with him. I think I got an AB, which astounded me.”
John Nelson (MSME '76) and Linda Laurinec (MS accounting '82)
Why I Give
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