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CEAS Standout Takes On Many Roles at UW

May 30, 2017
Kyle Schmidt
Kyle Schmidt practices for the UW Shotgun Sports Club.

By Micaela Myers
Kyle Schmidt of Rawlins, Wyo., was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Afghanistan. When it came time to use his GI Bill, he chose UW and has found his leadership opportunities as a math tutor and president of the Shotgun Sports club.
The club provides a needed outlet for Schmidt, who pursues a demanding major in chemical engineering.
“I’ve grown up shooting, being a part of the hunting and outdoor community,” Schmidt says. “It was something I found that I truly enjoy. We’re very tight-knit, so you make great friends on the team. To compete nationally is very cool. We shoot against a ton of other schools.”
Tournaments take club members all over the region and as far away as Texas and Oklahoma. This summer, Schmidt will intern with Sinclair Oil Corp. as a process engineer.
“The recruiters told me specifically that they love hiring engineers out of UW,” he says. “I’m really excited about that.”
Schmidt chose UW for its affordability and quality engineering program.
“I’ve had professors who were unbelievably helpful, whether it was in the classroom or in their office hours,” he says. “They’ve been very willing to help and very generous in that matter.”
Schmidt also value’s UW’s size, including smaller class sizes.
“It gives you a chance to build a community with the fellow students you’re working with—studying together, working together, doing extracurricular activities. It allows you to gain real friendships. It allows you to see different cultures, too. We have students from all over the world.”
Of course, he also values the outdoor offerings, including hiking, fishing, hunting and skiing. Schmidt has taken advantage of UW’s Veterans Services Center for help with things like understanding the intricacies of the GI Bill.
“They are very knowledgeable,” he says.
Upon graduation, Schmidt hopes to work in the refinery side of the oil business, something his leadership roles and experiences at UW will help him pursue.
“I love learning about how we take raw materials out of the ground, and we turn them into fuels,” he says.

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