When Austin Grimm joined the Wildcat Formula Racing team during his freshman year, it was the key to exploring options for his major because his teammates were there to answer his questions. Ultimately, Grimm settled on materials science and engineering.
"MSE has a lot of options in terms of what direction in the industry you want to go -- or even if you want to go the academic route," he said. "There's not really a company you can't work for as a materials engineer."
After graduation, Grimm landed a position as a tower engineer at ME Elecmetal in Tempe, Arizona, where he works in the melt department as a shift supervisor. He and the people he oversees create steel and iron castings out of molten metal, which are then shipped off and used all over the world in mining and construction.
While many of his responsibilities were taught to him on the job, he said he is grateful his UA education taught him how to learn. His advice to incoming students is to be prepared for careers in engineering to involve a lifetime of learning.