Class of 2016
Mechanical engineering sophomore Amber Koeune has hit the ground running at MSOE. In addition to her full-time class load, she plays for the women’s soccer team, serves as section secretary for MSOE’s chapter of Society of Women Engineers, is a 2013-2014 SWE Future Leader, is an MSOE American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) co-founder and chapter treasurer, and is a resident assistant in the MSOE Residence Halls. In addition, she serves as a payload intern for the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) Elijah High Altitude Balloon Payload and Launch Team Internship in conjunction with NASA, and has another internship lined up for this summer. “I will be an intern in the Industrial Sector Operations for Engineering as part of the Eaton Multicultural Summer Program at Eaton Corp.,” she said.
And if that’s not enough, she’s looking forward to studying abroad next academic year in Lübeck, Germany. “The exchange program in Lübeck is one of the reasons I chose MSOE. I’ll be able to obtain a second bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering through Lübeck University of Applied Sciences and still stay on track to graduate in four years.”
But studying abroad isn’t the only reason Amber chose MSOE. “I love the small class sizes and individual attention from professors, which I would not have at a larger university. I also love the atmosphere at MSOE and around the campus. I feel very safe here because there are public safety officers in each residence hall as well as officers driving around campus 24 hours per day. Also, I feel many students at MSOE have similar interests which make it very easy to connect with others. Since MSOE is a small private university, people working in various departments such as Student Life, Financial Aid and Career Services are very accessible and easy to talk to.”
Amber knows all of her hard work now will pay off. “MSOE is four years that will prepare you for the rest of your life. Your success at MSOE all comes down to the effort you put into it. Companies know how hard MSOE students work, which is why there’s such a high placement rate after graduation. MSOE will provide many doors, so it’s just up to you to open them.”