Mechanical engineer major, Toledo, Ohio
Ryan Haack paves the way to work in special effects and robotics by pursuing the 5-year master’s degree through Trine’s Allen School of Engineering.
“Going to Trine is the best decision I have ever made,” says sophomore Ryan Haack, recipient of the full-tuition Bateman-Kolb scholarship. “Everything about it is great: the people, the academics, and the social activities.”
His first year was full of engaging experiences, including in-depth discussions during honors classes, close connections with professors, and hands-on activities. He says, “You get to know your professors and they get to know you. All the professors want you to succeed. They don’t try to weed anyone out.”
Ryan describes the incredible experiences available in Trine’s top engineering program. “There are competitions and projects that students can participate in, such as the mini baja, the Formula One racecar, and the firefighting robot.”
“At Trine, I like how easy it is to make friends. Even the upperclassmen are really nice and open to making friends with freshmen. I met a lot of great people in band, which helped me to create a network of friends. We also have social activities all the time, which is great for building lasting relationships.”
Tough academics have been a bright spot for Ryan because he’s felt supported by professors as they challenged him to reach his limits. “In band, we learn so much more than just playing music. We learn the history behind the music from Professor Kays. And even though psychology is not directly related to my major, Professor Blaz got me thinking about other possibilities for my education and career.”
“The size of the school is great. Everyone is willing to help and pretty much knows your name. It is a great environment to get an education.”