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Get to Know: Nathan Brown

November 19, 2018
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Nathan Brown was the mechanical engineering nominee for WES Student of the Year. (Photo courtesy Nathan Brown)

Each year, departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming nominate their top graduating senior for the Wyoming Engineering Society Student Engineer of the Year honor. The WES Scholarships and Awards Committee will review written nomination forms and interview each candidate to select the Student Engineer of the Year.

Name: Nathan Brown
Hometown: Casper, Wyo.
Major: Mechanical Engineering with concentration in International Engineering

Why did you choose UW for your education? UW is a great school where students can earn a competitive degree without going into years of debt afterward. Paired with the option to be near family before I begin a career which might take me around the world, UW becomes the ideal choice for many Wyomingites.

Why did you want to study engineering? I chose mechanical engineering because it offers the broadest range of opportunities and pursuits upon graduation. I love science in every form, and it is difficult for me to say what I hope to pursue or specialize in. Mechanical engineering has allowed me to gain a broad understanding of many physical phenomena, and has granted me a wide perspective on which career would suit me best.

What sets UW engineering apart? The opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities are numerous, such as studying abroad, conducting research and learning new skills. During my time at UW, I have been able to learn two languages, how to play the cello, how to dance, and many other things. UW is a school that holds so many opportunities for students, if they are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and look for something to do.

Do you participate in any extracurricular activities? I am an active member of the UW symphony and a chamber music group. The only engineering student group that I am actively engaged with is Tau Beta Pi.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to join the workforce as soon as I graduate.

What are some of your thoughts on being the department nominee for such a prestigious honor? Honestly, my initial reaction to the news of my nomination was to be surprised. Upon receiving the news, I wasn’t fully aware of the magnitude of the honor, and it only dawned on me after speaking with several professors as I was seeking reference letters as part of my application package. After I could understand the significance of my nomination, I was really only left with a feeling of humility and gratitude. There are so many wonderfully talented students in the College of Engineering, and to be chosen from among such a competitive group is deeply humbling.

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