Matthew Meier (2015) was a member of the Honors College from 2011-15. During that time, he served as student Honors President, Historian, and Chair of Social Media. He will also be the first chair of the Honors College Alumni Board, which came into existence this Fall.
“My advice to current Honors College students would be to take advantage of every single opportunity presented to them. When I first started college, I didn’t realize all of the benefits of going to conferences, studying abroad, or doing undergraduate research. The Honors College showed me the importance of all of these things (and more), and I wish I would’ve started to take advantage of these programs earlier in my college career.” -Matt Meier
“After graduating from PNW, I started working at Sargent & Lundy, LLC as an associate engineer. While working at S&L, I designed systems for power plants. These systems were components of environmental control systems and new generation stations. However, I just left this position to pursue my dream of earning a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I began my Ph.D. at Purdue University this fall. While I was in the Honors College, I had the opportunity to teach an Honors Freshmen Seminar, and I discovered my passion for teaching and mentoring college students. This, along with the opportunity to assist with a freshmen engineering design lab, showed me that a career in academia would be a good fit. After gaining some industry experience, I’ve decided to go back to school to make this dream a reality. I believe my experiences as an Honors College student and my industry experience will set me up for a successful career in academia.” -Matt Meier
One task of the Alumni Board will be to oversee a new Honors College Alumni Association (HCAA). Honors graduates from Purdue Northwest, Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central are eligible, and their membership in the HCAA will be renewed each year with an annual $50 contribution to the Honors College Gift Fund. This Alumni Association will allow for past Honors students to stay in contact with staff members like John Rowan, Amy Libauskas, Brandon Rukes, and Heather Fielding, as well as all the friends they made here. Further, the HCAA will enable our alumni to assist current students with mentoring, connections to possible internships, job shadowing opportunities, and other ways of learning about careers and accessing avenues to potential employment.
“I hope the Alumni Board and the Alumni Association, will help the Honors College establish a reputation throughout Northern Indiana as a group that consistently gives back to the surrounding communities and draws the best and brightest students to the campuses of Purdue University Northwest.” -Matt Meier, Alumni Board Chair