25394821_1559894887380257_1505098130793712222_oMeet Carlee Wehrman!

Carlee is originally from Hudson, Wisconsin and was homeschooled, graduating in May of 2012. She started her journey with UMD in Fall of 2014 after two years at a different four-year university.

Today? Carlee JUST graduated from UMD after this Fall 2017 semester.

In fact..after graduation, she moved to Texas to become a Quality Engineer with Ecolab. Yep, she JUST graduated and is already employed! (Pretty cool, right!)

Her favorite thing about Duluth? “Definitely the lake and all the friends I’ve made up here. We love walking along the beach and lake walk!”

Her favorite thing about UMD? “I really enjoy how a lot of the students and faculty at UMD are down to earth. It was not as intimidating as going to a big city school but we have so many resources and labs are very fun and hands-on.”


Carlee enjoying a hike at Gooseberry Falls State Park!

What led to you deciding to transfer?
“The university I came from did not have a full four years of engineering but they had a pre-professional program that I did for two years while living at home.”

Why did you choose UMD?
“After coming and speaking with the professors and advisors in my department, I felt like I was wanted in the program. They were very down to earth and helped me plan out my first couple semesters. They made the transfer to UMD very smooth.”

What was your transfer experience like?
“With classes, everything transferred so that wasn’t a huge worry. I was more concerned with how I would fit in with classes. It took me a bit longer to get to know people in my classes and graduating year but I eventually joined study groups and found several niches of people to hang out with.”

How did you feel when you arrived on campus?
“I love telling this story! When I first came to move in I saw a baby deer under a tree. It had just rained so there was a rainbow and the whole view was AMAZING! I was glad I chose to live on campus in that moment.”

Carlee and her roommate, Jenna on a Boundary Waters camping trip.

Were you involved in any clubs/organizations?
“Yes, I was part of the Industrial Engineering club on campus and I also went to meetings for the Society of Women Engineers. The IE club will go on tours of factories like Cirrus Aircraft or local breweries. With SWE we did a lot of outreach events for kids in Elementary school and middle school like ‘Spring into Engineering’. I also gave campus tours during the school year for Admissions.”

Did you hear about or are you involved in any internship or job shadow opportunities?
“I did an internship two summers ago and last summer/Fall semester I did a CoOp (extended internship) for a company down in the Twin Cities. Both of them were paid and I got recruited at the Fall Semester Engineering career fair that is hosted at UMD on campus.”

Did you work on-campus and/or off-campus?
“My last job at UMD, I worked as a tour guide on campus. All of my roommates were tour guides so they roped me into it. I’ve made a lot of friends through the program and learned a lot about the campus!”

What has been your favorite class so far?
“I took a machining class last semester and learned how to use mill and lathe machines. I had a lot of fun and we made some pretty cool things in class. For those who don’t know, they are high-speed cutting machines. A lathe will do straight linear cuts and a lathe cuts radially. We also have a water jet, CNC route, and 3D printers in our lab.”

Carlee and her dad checking out one of the labs on campus.

Do you have a favorite professor?
“Prof. Turuna Seecharan in the MIE department. She made a difficult class fun and sometimes featured Batman in the homework/test problems!”

What has been your best memory at UMD?
“Definitely all the fun times I had with my roommates! We made a lot of delicious family dinners in our on-campus apartment and would have movie nights.”

What would you have done differently when choosing a college?
“I would have transferred a year sooner! If I had transferred a year sooner, I could have spent less time completing a four-credit class that took me, two classes, to complete (six credits) at my old university. Even though the pace I completed school was a little slow, I’m glad I took my time and learned how to study and take notes properly. It really paid off and I got a nice GPA in the end!”

Posing by Lake Superior!

What was your biggest fear about transferring and how did you overcome it?
“I was really, reeeally, afraid of not fitting in! I wanted to get along with everyone from my classes and my roommates too. My three roommates in the apartments all knew each other from freshman year so I was assigned to them randomly. We ended up getting along really well! They are my best friends in Duluth!”

Do you have any advice for students who are looking to transfer?
“Take at least one 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. class every semester! You don’t have to get up that early every day but if you are up by 8:00 a.m. three days out of five it makes you super productive so you can relax in the evenings!”