Vanessa Meschke


MS&E student Vanessa Meschke with a research project

To get to pursuing a degree in Materials Science & Engineering here at UW Madison, I’ve faced a lot of tough decisions and hard calls. I came here initially looking to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering, then found out the great options we have for majors here. I switched my intended degree to Engineering Physics, but quickly found the Materials Science & Engineering programs calling my name. Through numerous visits with my advisor, I found ways to keep myself motivated, plan for my future, and make the important decision of which major to apply for. I ended choosing MSE, and I couldn’t be happier or more excited for the future.

To make the most of my time at UW Madison, I’ve enjoyed joining the Taekwondo Club, doing research with the Games + Learning + Society Center, and expanding my horizons as a part of my time in the Powers-Knapp scholarship program. I’ve also loved taking physics courses (Physics 202 has been my favorite class so far, but Introduction to Contemporary Dance is a very close second), and I used to spend quite a bit of time studying and reading at Memorial Union before it closed for renovations. My favorite study spot in the meantime has been the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

After I graduate, I’ll likely pursue a masters degree in MS&E or get a job doing research with nanomaterials. Otherwise, if NASA is hiring, I’d love to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.