OSU can help you climb to the top

W

hen people think of engineering schools that will get you places, they often think of far-away schools. Usually Ivy-league ones. Right?

The Gaulkes donated some spare cash to OSU's CoE. Mike Gaulke is chairman and former CEO of the engineering/consulting firm, Exponent Inc. Photo from Portland Business Journal.

That might be a common preconceived idea, but the fact of the matter is that we’ve got a great school right here in the state: Oregon State University.

Recently, a couple alumni of OSU donated $3.5 million to the College of Engineering. An awesome move which is gonna help OSU’s CoE grow and become even better.

But think about this: that the Gaulkes have this kind of cash to throw around means they’ve really made it. They’re successful!

And they’re from little ole’ OSU? Sometimes OSU is seen by Oregonians as a humble in-state university for sciencey types. And while it specializes in the sciences, for sure, it’s certainly not humble. It’s one of the top 100 engineering schools in the U.S.

There are students at OSU from all 50 states, and from 90 countries outside the US. In fact, in 2010 more than one third of the students were from out-of-state, and over 1,500 of them were from outside the US.

And what do you think they’re all coming for? Humanities, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, and math are the top five. And though only one of those is explicitly engineering, remember that all of them but humanities and math are inquiry-based, and almost all of them will somehow help an engineer.

Because remember, engineering isn’t about what you major in, but what you do. Engineers solve problems. Engineers make. And engineer Mike Gaulke and his wife certainly solved some problems at OSU by donating, and made an impact for future students.

You will be able too, if you stick with engineering and work hard. You can become as successful as these folks, if not more so. Keep at it!

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