I decided to specifically give back to the college because it has been a part of my life since the first time I stepped foot on it as a 10-year-old for a Badger football game. I knew I wanted to study here. I did, and now I’d like for it to continue to be a part of my life. I still talk with Professor Corradini and swing by whenever I’m in town and we can work it out. In addition, I’m a member of the alumni association, the Memorial Union, and of course I swing by for Badger games whenever I get the chance!
I support the engineering physics fund because I was lucky enough to receive scholarships from the same fund while I was an undergrad. That support was an integral part of allowing me to achieve goals I had set for myself during my time as an undergrad. I want to be able to do the same for someone else, no matter what their goals and dreams might be. As a student, I focused on the power track of the nuclear engineering program because I believe that nuclear power is an important part of our nation’s—and world’s—balanced and sustainable energy generation portfolio. I still strongly believe so and feel being an advocate in today’s world is more important than ever, given the ever-increasing importance of energy policy.
The University of Wisconsin is an amazing institution we should all be proud of. That is something I always knew in my heart, but came to fully believe after graduating and realizing just how unique and special a place it is. This was especially apparent after getting to know people in various industries and hearing more and more about the reputation of the university and its alumni.
Maintaining and advancing the institution does not happen on its own—it requires all of us to give back in any way we can. Be it spreading the praise via word of mouth, proven performance in our careers and our relationships, or monetary support, we all must do what we can in any way to continuously advance the great University of Wisconsin.
Thomas J. Rickmeyer, BSNE'06
Algorithmic trader/ETF Market Making,
DRW Trading Group
Why I Give
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