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Robert Lance

Robert Lance

“Even though I attended the University of Wyoming for two and a half years, I’ve found that the atmosphere at UWFox is so much more individualized than the four-year campuses.”

Age: 34

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Current residence: Menasha, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2009 to Fall 2010

Background before UWFox:

I went to high school at Irvington High School in Fremont, CA graduating in 1993.  After high school I attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY and began a degree in Electrical Engineering. When I needed to take a break from college, I worked in a variety of positions at several lumber yards, working my way up to assistant manager at a yard in Cheyenne, WY.  While in Wyoming I had the opportunity to work with horses and was able to see the largest outdoor rodeo in the world.  I even took a class in horsemanship as part of my college degree program.

Why did you choose UW Fox?

I started my Electrical Engineering degree program 14 years prior to enrolling in the engineering program at UWFox, and I wanted to finish my E.E. degree. At UWFox, I found out that I was able to take all the classes at night that I need to earn my bachelor’s degree so I can still work full time.  In addition, the tuition at UWFox was so much less than at a four-year university.  Being so close to home while going to college also helped my decision to enroll in UWFox’s engineering program.

Have you chosen a major?

Electrical Engineering

What did you learn that you found/find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?
Even though I attended the University of Wyoming for two and a half years, I’ve found that the atmosphere at UWFox is so much more individualized than the four-year campuses.  The professors at UWFox are more approachable and personable, and they truly take an interest in seeing you succeed.  The smaller campuses make you feel important and not just another number.

What are your career plans after UW Fox?

I hope to find a position as an Electrical Engineer in the local area once I have completed my bachelor’s degree. Thankfully, I can complete all of it right here through the UWFox/UW-Platteville engineering collaborative degree program.

Other interesting things you’d like to share?

Even with going to college half-time and working full-time at Oshkosh Corporation, UWFox gives me the flexibility that I need in order to spend time with my wife and two kids as well as being able to remain active in our church.  The engineering classes are challenging and the learning in itself is very rewarding.

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