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Laramie, WY 82071
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UW is scheduled to accord degrees upon more than 1,660 students,
including 1,179 undergraduates, 364 graduate students, 72 College of Law
graduates and 49 School of Pharmacy graduates. The largest degree categories
are bachelor of arts, 492; bachelor of science, 412; master of science, 176;
and master of arts, 91.
For a snapshot of a UW graduating student, read below.
College students often talk about improving and changing the world around them, but Kendra Heimbuck created real change.
While a senior civil engineering major, Heimbuck and two others took on an opportunity from College of Engineering and Applied Science dean Rob Ettema to redesign the eclectic engineering building for their senior design project. The engineering complex consists of the original building built in 1926 and two other wings. Heimbuck has developed a design creating a core complex in the middle to tie the wings together.
After earning high marks for the undergraduate project, she continued the project through her Master’s studies in architectural engineering. Now she’ll graduate with a Master’s degree, as well as with a more fleshed-out version of the engineering building of the future.
“For my senior design project, we didn’t get too in-depth with it. We just put together some ideas to show donors to start raising money,” Heimbuck says. “Then, I decided I wanted to continue the project for my master’s with a more complete structural and architectural design. I looked into green building techniques because that’s something the university is leaning toward. Then I did a whole design feasibility study for a major renovation.”
The challenge was to maintain the historic integrity of the original building while integrating the newer wings, and making the finished project easier to navigate. Originally, Heimbuck says she pondered a full-scale renovation, but as that would involve getting rid of the original building she shifted her design to an internal gutting to both improve the movement of people through the building and retain the historic structure.
“The building is an outside box with all these wings that were built separately,” she says. “I designed a core in the middle to connect those wings. That’s what we called the project – The Core. They seemed to like the idea and I hope they do something similar.”
While Heimbuck pondered attending other colleges, she says the scholarships she earned at UW, the relationships she built, and a unique work experience will make her successful in the future.
“I worked for the real estate operations department for about four years. We did a lot of work between real estate and facilities planning,” she says. “I worked in the real estate mapping office doing AutoCAD work, which was anything from working on a campus space map to working on bike path maps to doing evacuation plans for all the buildings. I got to be in the know for what’s going on, and I learned how some of the behind-the-scenes things work. That’s a really valuable thing I’ve taken away from the university, too.”
After graduation, Heimbuck and her husband, Karl, will continue to effect change in the world. The two met and married while at UW and after graduation will spend a year in Northern Ireland doing community work through Laramie United Presbyterian Church. Upon returning from Northern Ireland, she says Karl will enroll in divinity school while Kendra will work in architectural engineering.