Women in Engineering: Dana Schultz
by: Jonathan S Barrett
Dana Schultz is currently an undergraduate student in electrical engineering with a biomedical engineering option. Prior to her arrival to the University of Wyoming, Dana was an International Baccalaureate student while in high school and had completed 45 total hours of college credits before her first freshman class. The capstone of her high school studies was being named Valedictorian of Cheyenne East High School.
Her initial draw to the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) was its friendly atmosphere and the willingness of faculty and staff to go above and beyond while working with the students. Growing up in Cheyenne, Dana had exposure to the University's campus from a young age. This coupled with her Wyoming residency that provided access to the Hathaway Merit Honor Scholarship, made her decision an easy one. As a high school student she had participated in multiple competitions on campus such as the State Science Fair, Women in Science and the JETS Engineering competition.
Dana is currently serving as the vice president of SWE (Society of Women Engineers), an organization developed specifically to promote participation from women in the CEAS. This organization brings together women of the college and provides a support group for students that are facing similar yet unique experiences. Students are provided an open forum to converse, express concerns, and to socialize with their peers. They additionally hold resume building workshops as well as promote the CEAS throughout the university.
Beyond her vice presidency of SWE, Dana has been inducted into both Tau Beta Pi, and the Mortar Board Honorary. She is also active in Phi Kappa Phi, the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and the Student Activities Council. She has served as a role model for middle school and high school students through her service to the Engineering Summer Program and the Middle School Girls Science and Engineering Camp. Dana also serves as a tutor for both Student Success Services and Tau Beta Pi. Most notably she has served as the Top Prof/Tip of the Cap Committee Chair for Mortar Board.
Dana has applied for a number of graduate programs in biomedical engineering. Her ultimate goal is to obtain an MD/PhD to eventually be designing medical devices and teach at some point in time.Dana continues to find support in the tight knit group of students that comprises the CEAS. Her mother, also a UW CEAS graduate was the only woman engineer in her graduating class during the 70's. The precedence of her mother's tenacity has served as a major source of inspiration throughout her own educational and professional development.