Ashley Stubbe

Ashley Stubbe

Mechanical Engineer, Research Assistant
University of Wisconsin - Madison
WI, United States
Ashley Stubbe
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In high school I was very fortunate to have many engineering courses available to me. I took my first engineering class as a freshman and I loved it. These classes were the only ones that would give me a project or assignment and allow me to do anything with it as long as it worked. I enjoyed being challenged to solve problems in unique ways. After high school I went to a two year campus to take my general courses and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was here at Madison where I joined a wonderful organization for women in technical science and engineering fields, Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority. This organization gave me opportunities for leadership and helped me improve myself both professionally and socially. I have recently graduated with my Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and have started working on my Master's degree in biological systems engineering.

  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
Answers by Ashley Stubbe

Hi Ellie,

When I was in high school I was able to take some project based general engineering courses that helped teach me to think and problem solve like and engineer. The program was called project lead the way. If you have something similar to that available at your school, I would strongly recommend it. I would also suggest taking a programming language or computer science course as you mentioned, as many engineering majors take some form of computer science course. This will help give you a strong base before taking a course in college. As a mechanical engineering undergrad my curriculum included java programming.

I would also suggest taking as much math, physics, and chemistry as you can while in high school. This way you have the option of testing out of many general courses required by your college curriculum. If you end up not testing out you will still be ready to succeed come freshman year as many mechanical engineering degrees require math through differential equations and linear algebra, intro to physics, and intro to chemistry. (Heads up though, my high school chemistry was nothing like college chemistry. College chemistry is very theoretical.)

Finally, I'm not sure what you mean by "1 or C: Mechanics and E and M", however a mechanics course definitely sounds worth your time, especially if it has a lab component to the class.

One more word of advice. The most important thing is that you take classes that interest you. This makes the classes fun and you end up learning substantially more. In high school, I really enjoyed German class so I continued to fit that into my schedule even though it wasn't engineering related.