Class of 2002
“I think MSOE, more than any other institution, gives students a true hands-on engineering that allows you to remember what you learn even years later.”
Although he graduated more than 10 years ago, Reg Zeller has remained a passionate supporter of MSOE. The electrical engineering graduate currently lives in Connecticut and serves as an area chair for the MSOE Alumni Association. As an area chair, he helps to coordinate events and keep in touch with MSOE alumni living on the east coast. “I think the big thing is that you can still get a lot of valuable knowledge from MSOE. The graduates can provide your organization with a lot of value and the professors are always willing to help, even now ten-plus years after graduating,” he said.
Reg is currently employed with GE Energy as a strategy and intelligence leader. “I do long-term planning to help the business understand where we’re going, and the strategy behind potential acquisitions. It’s a global role and requires a significant amount of travel.” He credits his MSOE education with much of his career preparation. “My MSOE education really was phenomenal at providing me the basics of how things work in the electrical space. I think MSOE, more than any other institution, gives students a true hands-on engineering that allows you to remember what you learn even years later.
While a student at MSOE, Reg obtained an internship at Rockwell Automation. “I was an intern at Rockwell starting sophomore year. The fact that I was at MSOE, that’s why Rockwell recruited me. There’s a lot of team building at MSOE, my senior design project also involved a Rockwell project. I learned a lot there.”
Reg’s advice for MSOE students is to think about what you want to do, not what you think you should do. “Most importantly, try out multiple different things to figure out what you want, and then go and challenge yourself to do those things that you really want to do, not necessarily the things that make sense for other people. Just because you get an engineering degree doesn’t mean you have to be an engineer. Find that thing that really makes you happy.”