SOUND EDUCATION HAS MADE JOB EASIER FOR WOMAN ENGINEER

Robin Schulte ’08 has learned a valuable lesson during her short time in the workplace: Earning the respect of co-workers is key to being accepted. Schulte is enjoying her job as a manufacturing engineer at a John Deere skid steer factory in Dubuque, Iowa. She has UW-Stout to thank for that, she says.
 
Schulte is an engineer in a career and workplace still dominated by men, but she has assimilated, thanks in part, because she has the skills to do the job. “Once they understand you know what you’re talking about and have the experiences, it’s a mutual respect thing,” Schulte said.
 
At UW-Stout, Schulte said she didn’t face gender-based obstacles as a female engineering student. She helped found the university’s current Society of Women Engineers chapter, which even included about five male students. “It was fun to have their support,” she said.
 
“The internships they pushed at Stout really helped,” citing a seven-month co-op and two summer internships, including one at John Deere that brought her full-time employment upon graduation.

Summer Outlook 2012