You may have spent the month celebrating with candy canes, light displays, and Santa hats. Amongst all the festivities, we’ve spent the month celebrating the University of Cincinnati’s Engineer of the Month.
UC’s College of Engineering & Applied Sciences (motto: “WE ENGINEER BETTER”) has about 5,000 students. Each month, they honor one of their top students as the “Engineer of the Month”. Now, I may not be an engineer, but I can do some quick math and calculate that it’s a 1 in 417 chance to be selected as Engineer of the Month.
So please allow me to swell with pride as I introduce to you December’s Engineer of the Month for the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences:
That’s right, folks. My main squeeze is this month’s featured
nerd really smart guy.
They invite the Engineer of the Month to all kinds of swanky events throughout the year. On Halloween, we trucked the kids down to Nippert Stadium, and Liesl and I cheered for him from the stands while Nick (and Ollie) got recognized on the field during the game.
We all got dressed up in our best Bearcats gear to surprise Daddy and show him how proud we were of him!
The best part of that excursion was when the mascot came up to Oliver to say hi. I could see the sheer terror on his face from way up in the nosebleed seats of the student section. Excuse the bad photo quality (Nick got this via text from the event’s organizer), but it’s too good to not share:
Nick and I also got an exclusive invitation to the Dean’s Christmas Party, where we got to schmooze with the Dean, rich alumni, faculty, staff, and the 11 other Engineers of the Month for the year.
I’m a bit disappointed they left out the small details, like how he successfully started and ran two businesses before going back to school, AND he’s had TWO kids since starting school and is a stellar dad to them – all while rocking his classes enough to be considered an Engineer of the Month. Maybe it’s normal at a school like BYU to have 2 kids while getting your degree, but at UC it’s nearly unheard of. To me, he truly stands out as someone who has their priorities straight and will work incredibly hard to achieve the highest accomplishments – for the right reasons.
And he’s flipping smart. I mean, his degree will be in “Aerospace Engineering” – interpreted: Rocket Science. Legit.
I am so proud of him for all he does to be who he is. And I’m so happy that he’s excited and passionate about the field he’s in.
I’m delighted to know that this is the man I married.
And I thought I was just marrying him for his mad beard-growing skills. 😉