Montana State University

College of Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

Tel: (406) 994-2272
Fax: (406) 994-6665
E-mail: engrinfo@coe.montana.edu
Location: 212 Roberts Hall

Acting Dean and Director:

Brett Gunnink

Dean and Director:

Robert J. Marley

Montana State University's College of Engineering
Ambassadors – Where are they now?

Travis Haskin

Graduation Year: 2004
Location: Kenai, Alaska
Degree: Chemical Engineering
Current Job Title: AmeriCorps Member
Employer: AmeriCorps NCCC

Travis Haskin

What is your most memorable on-the-job experience since graduation?
My situation is probably more creative than that of most of the engineering ambasadors. I worked for two years at AMI Semiconductor as a process engineer but decided it wasn't the route for me. I've since quit and joined AmeriCorps, where I've responded to the disaster caused by ice storms in Missouri and helped rebuild houses on the Mississippi coast. Currently I'm training for the wildfire team and will be stationed in Nederland, Colo., with the Forest Service.
For AMIS, my most memorable experience was initiating a company-wide (1,100 workers) Official International Hawaiian Shirt Day.

For AmeriCorps, my most memorable experience would be walking into an open septic tank while clearing a yard of debris. It looked like ground because it was covered in leaves, but I just started sinking. I immediately threw my chainsaw behind me and started clawing for dry ground. Apparently those things aren't illegal in the midwest.

What is your most memorable off-the-job experience since graduation?
Numerous endeavors.

Driving a Subaru Justy in a monster truck rally; winning an olympic-length triathlon; starting to build my own ultralight airplane

What do you value most about your experience at Montana State University?
The professors in Chemical Engineering being able to keep my interest was the most valuable experience. Deibert is crazy with his enthusiasm, as was Shafer. Larsen was always cool, calm, and respected.

Why was MSU the best choice for you?
MSU and its surroundings gave me the love for the outdoors. I'm an avid snowboarder thanks to Bridger Bowl and have continued in rock climbing and mountain biking.

What advice would you offer to a freshman?
Read Been There, Should've Done That. It's a comprehensive book compiled by Suzette Tyler that covers everything that a freshman ought to know going into the college experience.


Christopher Johns

Graduation Year: 2004
Degree: B.S. Chemical Engineering
Location: Hillsboro, Ore.
Current Job Title: Process Engineer
Employer: Jacobs Engineering

Lindsey Schweitzer and Chris Johns
Lindsey Schweitzer (left) and Chris Johns

What is your most memorable off-the-job experience since graduation?
Currently my fiancé (fellow Engineering Ambassador Alum Lindsey Schweitzer) and I are in the process of purchasing our first home while planning our Sept wedding.

Why was MSU the best choice for you?
It allowed me to study engineering and also pursue music.

What advice would you offer to a freshman?
Have fun while you’re in college, but be sure to keep school a top priority.


Tyler Röschinger

Graduation Year: May 2002
Location: Piedmont, Calif.
Degree: Construction Engineering
Current Job Title: Senior Engineer
Employer: Charles Pankow Builders Ltd.

What is your most memorable on-the-job experience since graduation?
Orchestrating my field engineers and the project for a week while all the company’s superintendents were away for an annual meeting, which left the responsibility for all of the logistical planning with me. During the superintendents’ absence, the busiest day of this particular project took place. Two boom pumps working in different areas, 40 tons of rebar steel to offload with a crane picking over the onsite office building, remediation and offhaul of contaminated soil, drilled pier installation and shotcrete of retaining walls — all going on at the same time. Afterward, my engineering staff and I received much recognition for the success of the efficiency and safety with respect to all the trades and operations that took place.

What is your most memorable off-the-job experience since graduation?
One of my greatest memories after graduation was traveling across Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway by train on my own. I enjoyed meeting people from around the world, encountering new cultures and different traditions.

What do you value most about your experience at Montana State University?
There are many things I value about my experience at MSU, for one the friends I made and with whom I still stay in touch, including both students and mentors. I’ve come to value the work ethic of my fellow students from MSU versus some of the other schools from which I now recruit new engineers.

Why was MSU the best choice for you?
I’m from Dillon, Mont., and making the transition from Dillon to Bozeman was one thing, but if I would have moved straight to a large, diverse city such as San Francisco, I would have not been able to make the transition as successfully. Therefore, I would have missed out on the many experiences in a place like the Bay Area — from diverse foods, the wine country, and coastal living and culture.

What advice would you offer to a freshman?
Whatever field you are targeting, be ambitious and get as many internships specific to your discipline as possible before you graduate. Disregard your comfort zone and leave Montana to experience other parts of the country or world. View your internships as a great opportunity, and even if you decide you didn’t like the location or the work, it is a learning experience that will help you make the right decision when it comes time to graduate.


Lindsey Schweitzer

Graduation Year: 2003
Degree: B.S. Chemical Engineering
Location: Hillsboro, Ore.
Current Job Title: Applications Engineer
Employer: EUTEK ® SYSTEMS™, INC. (www.eutek.com)

Lindsey Schweitzer and Chris Johns
Lindsey Schweitzer (left) and Chris Johns

What is your most memorable on-the-job experience since graduation?
Attending WEFTEC (Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference) (www.weftec.com) in Dallas, Texas. I was able to meet many of our reps, talk with plant operators and engineering firms, and see a wide variety of water and wastewater equipment.

What is your most memorable off-the-job experience since graduation?
Currently my fiancé (fellow Engineering Ambassador Alum Christopher Johns) and I are in the process of purchasing our first home while planning our Sept wedding!! Whoo Hoo!

Why was MSU the best choice for you?
It was the closest school to home with a Chemical Engineering department.

What advice would you offer to a freshman?
Make sure you get off the engineering side of campus once in a while in order to keep your sanity.


Name: Ann (Ulvin) Lowe

Graduation Year: 2003
Degree: B.S. Industrial & Management Engineering
Location: Arlington, Va.
Current Job Title: Sr. Engineering Consultant
Employer: J.L. Herren & Associates
Anne Ulvin Lowe

What is your most memorable off-the-job experience since graduation?
I seem to spend most of my free time and money traveling, and I've been very fortunate to visit some really great places. The most memorable is probably my trip to South Africa with my husband and his family for his sister's wedding in Pietermaritzburg. We spent just over two weeks in South Africa, and since my new brother-in-law was born and raised there he served as our personal tour guide to take us off the beaten path. After ten days or so of traveling the country, they got married at the end of our visit. It was a fantastic trip!

What is your most memorable on-the-job experience since graduation?
I actually have two, and they both involve winning something.....

The first was during a recent consulting job in the D.C. area while I was working for BearingPoint. I was working on a project for the FDA, and our primary FDA client is a former distance runner ,but she no longer runs due to knee problems. The FDA was sponsoring a 5K, and my client really wanted me to run the race. I was very reluctant to do so, but I succumbed to the pressure of wanting to keep my client happy (consultant-client relationships are very touchy and unique, as most people in consulting can likely attest) and ran the race. She was thrilled that I was running and spread the word throughout the office. As it turned out, not only did I run the 5K but I won it! I even have a medal that says "FDA Top Female." My client was ecstatic and my coworkers will never let me live it down.

The second occurred in 2005 while I was working for American Express. The project team for which I was the project manager traveled to present the results of our process improvement project to several of the company vice presidents. Our project was one of five finalists competing for the American Express Global Six Sigma Award, and our team ended up placing first. It was a great experience to not only succeed with the project, but to be given the opportunity to present our results to such high ranking leaders within the company. It was quite an honor to meet many of them, and definitely an honor to receive the company's highest Six Sigma award.

Why was MSU the best choice for you?
The culture of Bozeman and the University really allowed me to unlock my full potential. I know I wouldn't have had the success that I've had without my MSU experience. When comparing notes with my fellow engineers in the workforce, I realize that, at MSU, we were really fortunate to be taught by actual professors with fairly small class sizes. That allowed for actual relationships and for real learning to take place. Also, Bozeman is full of friendly, intellectual, active people, which fosters a healthy environment and seems to generate really well-rounded graduates who are educated but also have good people skills. I have great memories of college and couldn't imagine having gone anywhere else.

What advice would you offer to a freshman?
Don't take yourself too seriously. Make sure to achieve a balance. Definitely study hard, but remember to enjoy your college experience. You'll make some of the best friends of your life. Oh, and wear sunscreen =)