Name: Collin Seubert
Course of Study: Industrial Engineering
Why did you choose MSOE?
MSOE provides the small school perks of having small class sizes and one-on-one teacher interaction while providing the “big city feel.” This combination allows for students to excel academically, while remaining involved socially. There is always something to do in Milwaukee, and being downtown allows all students to experience the opportunities Milwaukee can provide. I was happily surprised with the financial aid package MSOE provided.
What are your career goals?
Initially, I want to work in industry and learn a little more about real world application. Currently, I am thinking that a technical/engineering sales position would be ideal simply because I love both the technical and social aspects of organizations. Engineers that work in sales generally have an edge because they understand the technicalities behind the product they are selling. If this does not work out, I could see myself doing some sort of continuous improvement consulting and going back to my roots of finding the best solution to a problem.
How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
To be honest, without the Wisconsin Grant and other financial aid I received, I would not be able to attend this great university. Not everyone is lucky enough to receive the package I received, but MSOE truly does a great job at assisting students in making an MSOE education a definite possibility from a financial standpoint.
Did receiving financial aid impact your decision to attend MSOE?
Absolutely. In fact, MSOE was able to provide a better financial aid package than most of the public universities I applied to. Upon seeing the initial tuition dollar sign associated with MSOE, I was discouraged. However, my admissions counselor did a great job suggesting the scholarship and grant opportunities that ultimately made my MSOE education feasible.
What will a college degree mean to you?
A college degree opens up so many doors for me, and a college degree specifically from MSOE is even more valuable as I pursue a professional career. The university has a very well-respected reputation and a deep-rooted network with employers across the country. My education here at MSOE has been and will always be my greatest investment.
Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
I have learned more about myself throughout past four years than I ever expected to. Through the experiences and challenges that I have encountered during my undergraduate studies at MSOE, I have become more self-aware. I have discovered what motivates me and how to adapt in different environments so that I can thrive. This ultimately will help me match a company culture to my personal beliefs and values.
What are your plans after graduation?
After a few years in industry, I plan on pursuing something a little more entrepreneurially based. I love the thrill of doing something on my own and putting my name on something new. Because of this, I plan on eventually building some sort of community enhancing startup organization.
An article about Collin was recently featured in the Wisconsin Achievers publication:
Growing up in Marathon, Collin Seubert’s grandfather gave him the nickname “The Why Kid.” Collin would follow his parents and grandparents around constantly asking “why.” To this day, he is still motivated by his curiosity. “I have always been a curious person and challenged why things are the way they are,” he said. “That curiosity paired with the belief that anyone can do just about anything in this world is pretty exciting.”
Collin considered a number of colleges throughout the Midwest, and he received athletic scholarship offers. However, after touring the schools and comparing academics and the campus environment, he chose the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He credits the Wisconsin Grant, along with assistance from other scholarships and grants at MSOE, for being able to attend the university. “Being a private institution, MSOE was able to provide more in financial aid than any of the public schools I applied to. Most young people dream of receiving a scholarship someday, but it really was a no brainer to come to MSOE. I am grateful daily for the decision I made.”
Collin also didn’t have to sacrifice athletics for academics. He is a valued player on the MSOE basketball team and is having a record-setting season. He also is involved in several student organizations. He is the founder and president of the MSOE Entrepreneur and Leadership Club, activity coordinator for the Institute of Industrial Engineers, co-chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and vice president and co-treasurer of the MSOE Investment Club. In addition, he also attends weekly Bible study groups with Intervarsity and works in MSOE’s Admissions Office.
The demand of being a student athlete has helped Collin generate great time management skills. He sees having less time as more of a blessing than a curse. “Rather than wasting time, I know that I have to get my homework done or get more shots up in order to succeed. Being a student athlete and being involved on campus allows me to remain focused and get things done well before they are due.”
The industrial engineering major has had two internships. He was an engineering intern at CTECH Manufacturing in Weston, and an intern in Schofield at Merrill Iron and Steel’s project management and operations department. “I was able to utilize various industrial engineering skills I learned in the classroom and apply them to the real world.”
After college, Collin plans on working in industry to learn more about real world applications. “A technical/engineering sales position would be ideal because I love both the technical and social aspects of organizations,” he said. “Engineers who work in sales generally have an edge because they understand the technicalities behind the product they are selling.” Later in his career, he would like to stretch his entrepreneurial wings and create his own startup organization. “I love the thrill of doing something on my own and putting my name on something new.”