Hakes explores math and science at UWP

May 8, 2003

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2003_05_08_a.jpgPLATTEVILLE - UW-Platteville student Brad Hakes is a prime example of a successful college scholar. Originally from Stanley, Hakes will be graduating this May after dedicating five years toward earning his degree in mechanical engineering.

Following high school, Hakes carefully made his educational decision.

"I knew that I enjoyed working with mathematics and science, and I wanted to continue using these skills," Hakes said. "Mechanical engineering fit in that category of interest. I saw no reason to go out of state so I looked at schools here in Wisconsin. UW-Platteville has an exceptional student to faculty ratio, is cost-effective and has a strong engineering program. The choice was simple."

While attending UWP, Hakes has been involved in numerous organizations and groups. He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), along with the general engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and the mechanical engineering honor society, Pi Tau Sigma. Hakes has served two semesters as vice president for Tau Beta Pi and attended the National Conference in Detroit Michigan October 2002 as a voting delegate for the Platteville chapter. On April 5, 2003 he was also present at the regional convention at Notre Dame University to work on officer transitions for the organization.

Hakes has also been involved with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship during his time at UWP. Through this organization, he has filled the role of a bible study co-leader for the past two years and has participated in various workshops and camps focused on spiritual growth. During spring break 2000, Hakes and fellow Intervarsity members traveled to Ecuador for 10 days to paint and repair a university in Quenca, Ecuador. While at the university, the group also hosted a one-day conference with speakers and skits performed in the native language.

Throughout his college career, Hakes has worked an average of 15 hours per week. The majority of these hours were spent working at Glenview Commons located on campus. It was here that he met his wife, Michelle. Michelle is currently attending UWP with a major in elementary education and is expecting to graduate in December 2003. The couple was married during the summer of 2002.

Hakes said he is glad he chose to attend UWP and has had a wonderful experience here.

"There were very few professors that I did not feel comfortable with," Hakes said. "As long as professors were in their offices they were always willing to talk to you, and if they weren't they were more than happy to set up additional hours to meet a student's needs."

When he is not attending classes, Hakes enjoys playing frisbee golf with his friends on UWP's extensive frisbee golf course.

Hakes is one of three sons who grew up on the family farm in Stanley. His brother Shawn works on the farm. Chad, his other brother, attended technical school and is currently employed as a diesel technician.

Hakes is currently interviewing and seeking positions for future employment following his graduation.

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