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Kai Gayle

Kai Gayle

Electrical Engineering

kkggayle1243@gmail.com

My experience at MSU has been so exciting. I currently participate in boxing club and I'm on the Motor Sports Team. I get to put my class knowledge to use when building cars for Motor Sports and I get to exercise my body and take a break from school in boxing club! I decided my freshman year that I wanted to make lots of new friends, so I went through sorority recruitment and I've met the amazing people I call my best friends through sorority life. MSU has taught me about resilience through my academic career as engineering is a tough subject to learn. I enjoy going to the library study rooms with friends for a quiet place to work where we can also talk about our struggles and successes with whatever we are working on. 

When I'm done studying, I like to snowboard, make cosplay, and go to Bozeman hot springs with my friends!

Kirsten Keblish

Kirsten Keblish

Computer Science

kirsten.keblish@student.montana.edu

My experience at MSU has been a period of personal growth. When I first attended MSU my freshman year, I was just as clueless as everyone else. I switched my major at least 4 times my freshman year and quite a few times after that before finding computer science. I have tried just as many clubs and MSU events as I have majors and every experience has shaped me into the person I am today. Through getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things, I’ve met so many wonderful students and mentors at MSU that I still interact with every day. I struggled at times as most college students do but I am so happy that I faced the challenges I did because I’ve loved every step of learning at MSU and have made meaningful connections that I’ll cherish forever. Something very important to me is being able to take control of my own education and MSU has given me the resources and support to do so. I’m so excited to be able to help other students find their way in this new and often challenging environment! 

Like many students that come to MSU, I love everything about the outdoors! In my free time, I ski, hike, bike, and many other sports that this beautiful town provides the opportunity to do. I’ve always loved ice skating and Bozeman has more free ice skating spots than I’ve ever seen! Last year I joined the kite club where I learned to snow kite. I just bought my first kite so I can kite ski and kite surf on my own: something I would've never imagined I would learn how to do! Aside from sports, I love crafting, cooking, and hanging out with my friends. MSU has given me opportunities to do these hobbies and further my career as well! I’m on the CS Wellness committee where I plan events to help CS students with their overall health and help run a crochet group for students to learn to crochet and make new friends. Additionally, I’m a software engineering intern at TechLink where I’ve met incredible mentors, peers, and have progressed my programming abilities. When I’m not working at TechLink, I tutor two young boys in town who I met my freshman year and have become a second family to me! I’m so grateful that MSU and Bozeman have made my life so enriching in school and out.
 
Matthew Netly

Matthew Netly

Mechanical Engineering
mattnetley30@icloud.com
My experience at MSU has been amazing. I absolutely love engineering and have enjoyed everything I have learned thus far. My professors and other resources at MSU have been extremely helpful in allowing me to reach my full potential in my courses. Going to school here has also pushed me to become involved in club/groups outside the classroom, which I something I wasn't very interested in prior to college. MSU has also done an excellent job preparing me for life after college and given me all the tools I need to have a successful career in the future.

Although I spend much of my time studying, I like to spend my free time outside, enjoying everything Montana has to offer. My favorite activities consist of hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and hiking. I love the outdoors and am very lucky to live in a place with so many opportunities to take advantage of.

Hanna Nyquist

Hanna Nyquist

Biomedical Engineering

hannanyquist@hotmail.com

My experience at MSU has been great so far.  I have spent a lot of my time here trying to balance my academic work with being a student athlete on the MSU alpine team, while simultaneously participating in all the extracurricular opportunities that I find interesting!  Since starting here, I have participated in women in engineering events, worked a bit as a tutor, joined an intermural soccer team, and this year began working in a lab.  I am also fulfilling pre-med requirements, so finding balance in a busy schedule is a great skill that I have learned over my past few years at MSU.  I absolutely love all of the relationships that I have formed throughout my time here and am excited to share some of my experiences with other engineering students!

When I’m not studying, you can find me skiing, mountain biking, playing guitar, climbing, or hanging out outside with friends!

Max Kirshenblatt

Max Kirshenblatt

Construction Engineering Technology

mjkirsh@gmail.com

My experience here at MSU has been amazing. Although engineering can be very challenging at times, it is also very rewarding. TheNACOEE has allowed me to meet so many amazing friends and professors who challenge me to be my best everyday. MSU is a very tight-knit community that allows everyone to feel welcome. No matter what your interests or hobbies are there will always be people who share the same passion.

When I'm not studying I spend most of my time outside. In the winter I love to ski, so I spend as much time as possible at Bridger Bowl. When there isn't snow on the ground I'm either riding my bike, hitting the links, or shooting some hoops with my buddies.

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Toni Wearmouth

Environmental Engineering

wearmoutha@gmail.com

My experience at MSU has been amazing. My life as a student here has been centred around a balance of my classes and my athletics schedule on the MSU ski team. Engineering has been tough! But with the help of the awesome professors and all of the campus resources, I have had the most amazing time here. I believe that the people at MSU make this school what it is and no matter who you are, this school has something and someone for you!

When I'm not studying, you could find me either skiing, mountain biking, or doing anything else outside with my friends.

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Kate Berg

Mechanical Engineering

knberg01@gmail.com

My experience at MSU has been fantastic so far. I've gotten to be involved in so many things here and found encouraging communities through all of them. Honors College excursions, research as a freshman in the Space Science and Engineering Lab, joining the sport rocketry club, adding an Aerospace minor, and acting on the Women in Engineering Advisory Board have all shaped my time here in ways I could never have imagined. All of my experiences here launched me into industry internships after my Sophomore and Junior years, where I was able to apply my class knowledge and learn about the professional world. I knew I was interested in rockets, but my time here has set me up to turn those dreams into reality. All in all I am so grateful for the wonderful experience I have had here at MSU. I've learned so much, challenged myself, and found a great community of students and faculty to support me! 

Growing up near Boulder, CO gave me a love of everything outdoors, so when I'm not studying you can usually find me in the mountains. Most warm weekends I am out exploring a new hiking trail in the area, and when the snow flies I spend my free time out on the slopes at Bridger. I'll also never pass up a cozy day home with a good book, or a game night in with friends!

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Megan Oaklief

Mechanical Engineering Tech

mbkmegan@gmail.com

I would describe my experience at MSU as an adventurous growth to become the student and person and I am today. As with any challenge, being a student at MSU was difficult and almost agonizing at times, but the benefits always outweighed the costs.

When I am not studying, I am spending my time enjoying the outdoors with hiking, biking, skiing, or hammocking. When inside, I love to sleep, read a variety of books (mainly historical fiction novels) and play flute with various music groups around campus.

Krista Andersen

Krista Andersen

Industrial Engineering
kikiando15@gmail.com

My time at MSU has been full of many unforgettable adventures. The education I have earned here will carry me through life and the people I have met here will be a part of my life for a long time. Though engineering is very challenging, my peers and professors at MSU have brought a lot of light into my world.

In my free time I really enjoy getting outside whether it is skiing or hiking. But, I also love to cozy up inside with a good book or movie and a nice hot cup of coffee.
 
Ryan Ericksen

Ryan Ericksen

Civil Engineering
rericksen2128@gmail.com

It has been a great experience so far! The professors and student groups on campus are amazing. They have helped me learn so much and facilitated so much professional development. I feel extremely prepared for my career and life after graduation. 

When I'm not studying, I am either hiking, biking, camping, reading, fishing, watching a sporting event (most likely baseball), or drinking a beer at a brewery. Bozeman is a great place to get out to explore!

Nana Denny

Nina Denny

Environmental Engineering
nina.joy.denny@gmail.com

My experience at MSU has been positive, only added to by my unconventional path through university. I had no idea what I wanted to study when I started school in 2015, so I took classes that were interesting in the hope that I would figure it out that way. When that didn't work, I left school to do seasonal work and try different kinds of jobs and explore new places. I figured out that I wanted to work in Water Resource Management and came back to MSU. I've taken my time to get through my bachelor’s degree, needing to take all math courses from College Algebra to Calc 4. In this time, I've had the opportunities to work for the Office of International Programs, Extension Water Quality, Smartycats Tutors, and participate in Undergraduate Research in the Center for Biofilm Engineering. I've been very supported by the MSU community and am happy to be launched off of a great platform into a career in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. I look forward to sharing my experiential knowledge with you! 

I love to hike and ski with my dog then come home to cook and knit! 

Aly Welch

Aly Welch

Biological Engineering
alyc.welch@gmail.com

My experience at MSU has been fulfilling, challenging, and (most importantly) a whole lot of fun! For much of my first two years at MSU I felt very uncertain about studying engineering. Trying out non-engineering classes for a semester left me "behind" in a four-year path to my degree. However, the professors and advisors in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department were extremely helpful and I had caught back up to where I wanted to be in no time. On campus I have been involved in MSU Cross Country and Track & Field, Women in Engineering, the Nordic Ski Club at MSU, and MSU's Backcountry Squatters Club. Off campus I have been involved in coaching at the Bridger Ski Foundation, volunteering for Eagle Mount, and volunteering at the Towne's Organic Farm.

If I'm not studying, I am most likely playing outside or in my kitchen cooking. I love skiing of all kinds, running, and riding my bike and my favorite food to make is homemade granola.
Martina Du

Martina Du

Chemical and Biological Engineering 

martina.du100@gmail.com

My experience at MSU has been very enjoyable and full of new challenges! I was originally shy and wanted to just get through my classes and find a job, but the inspiring community of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering got me to venture outside of my comfort zone. I have since gotten the opportunity to become an involved in activities such the Society for Biological Engineering, where we host fieldtrips to various labs and industries around the MSU area for students of all majors. I have also been a member of the Biochemical Engineering Laboratory on campus for several years. It is a very rewarding feeling to be able to apply concepts within the classroom to relevant research projects. Outside of my home department, I joined the MSU Makerspace for several months, where I offered design and fabrication assistance to students and researchers in a creative prototyping environment. These are just some of the experiences that will shape the kind of engineer and citizen that I will become after my time here at MSU. I am very grateful for all the support that I have gotten from faculty and my peers.

When I am not studying, I enjoy tinkering in the lab, woodworking, and exploring the outdoors of Montana.

Fiona Powers

Fiona Powers

Mechanical Engineering 

fpowers34@gmail.com

I’ve had an exciting and fulfilling experience at MSU! Although Bozeman is not a huge leap from my hometown Helena MT, I have found the energy and diversity of a large school such as MSU to be encouraging and engaging. I found, and greatly appreciated, the support and opportunities in college of engineering specifically. MSU’s extensive career readiness events, tutoring opportunities, and support programs for the students continues to grow every year with the needs of the student population.

My most fulfilling memories as an engineer at MSU have been my studying abroad experience. As an engineer with a busy career path, MSU’s wide range of international opportunities was supportive and helped me incorporate my goals and ambition outside of engineering. MSU’s study abroad programs have also encouraged me to add a second major in Hispanic Studies, and one of my favorite classes has been tutoring English learner students.

You can find me at the ski hill or on the river when I’m not studying! I fill my summers by traveling, playing tennis, reading, mountain biking, or backpacking when I’m not at MSU. In my free time I enjoy extracurricular activities such intramural sports, robotics, and language clubs.