Mechanical Engineering program instructor Curt Meyer has been a faculty member at the college since fall 2013. A native of western Iowa, Curt attended the College of Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering.

His first engineering position was for Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, a research and development facility associated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The company designs and performs destructive testing on roadside safety systems and components.

We recently sat down with Curt to learn more about his inspiration, what he enjoys most about the college, and more.

  1. What inspires you each day?  

Students! You never know what questions they will have or what their creativity will produce.

  1. What is your mission at Bates?

My mission is to introduce students to engineering in hopes to motivate and inspire them.

  1. How would you encourage prospective students to enroll in your program?

I would encourage students to enroll because engineering is where you learn how to apply the theories and create something that never existed. If students enjoy solving complex, open-ended problems, then Mechanical Engineering would be an excellent career path. Bates also has a robotics club, which allows students to apply engineering concepts learned in the classroom to student-driven problems.

  1. What is the best part of being a faculty member?

My students! I enjoy watching them transform as they progress through the program.

  1. If you had the opportunity to meet and have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would that be, and why?

Joseph Kittinger: In 1960, this man rode a helium balloon 19.47 miles above the earth, and jumped! The purpose was to test parachutes designed for high-altitude ejections. It would be fascinating to hear the stories involved in this project.

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