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Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Sophomore - Mikel Walbridge
June 24, 2011 — Mikel Walbridge displayed great interest in the engineering field at a very young age. Some of his favorite memories as a child are of him tormenting his mother with projectiles flying throughout the house due to various apparatuses he had built with LOGOS and an Erector set. He had the opportunity to hone his mechanical skills while growing up on a small ranch in Baggs, Wyoming. From mechanics, welding, and electrical work to rebuilding his first car at age 14, Mikel has been an aspiring engineer for many years.
Following his passion, and after his daughter Kelly graduated from High school, Mikel decided it was time to attain the knowledge he longed for in the engineering department at Western Wyoming Community College. He soon found that attending college was not only about the education he will receive, but also about the friends he has made throughout the experience. During his time at WWCC he was a participating member and outreach representative of Phi Theta Kappa. After graduating from WWCC with Honors, Mikel transferred to UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science where he is now double majoring in chemical engineering and chemistry. Currently, he is a member of ASME, ACS and AICHE and is performing research for Dr. Clennan in the Department of Chemistry. He also serves the student community by holding various study groups in his spare time. Throughout his academic career Mikel has been awarded several scholarships and honors due to his outstanding GPA, positive outlook, and drive for excellence. What the future holds for Mikel is yet unknown, but he has aspirations of continuing his education and obtaining a doctorate in chemical engineering from UW. After obtaining a Ph.D., he desires work in research and development for a sustainable energy solutions company.
When leaving WWCC, Jackie Freeze wished him good luck. His response was “I don’t need luck, just opportunity.” Mikel thanks the many people that have given him the opportunity to prove himself.