At Montana State University we are trailblazers, motivated every day to think outside expectations and overcome challenges -- from groundbreaking discoveries to service-learning opportunities that improve our communities. For our first-generation students, faculty and staff, that same commitment to excellence has led to remarkable outcomes. Below are the stories of five Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering faculty members, all of whom were the first in their families to attend college before going on to become experts at what they do.