Thank you for your service

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is honored to have multiple students, faculty and staff who are United States military veterans. Thank you for serving our country and for bringing the unique skills acquired during your service to our college.

Tanner Schember

Military branch: Army National Guard; four years, still serving
Job in military: Infantry Mortarmen                          
Stationed: Michigan       
WMU major: Engineering management technology
Favorite memory of serving: Meeting amazing people from across this country and abroad.      
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? Leadership and commitment to excellence were instilled in me.
How does the support you receive at WMU contribute to your success? My professors are amazing in understanding I may need time away for my military commitments. 
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? I love the close-knit community we have.

Staci Adams        

Military branch: Navy; four years active, four years in the Naval Reserve             
Job in military: Administrative Shore Installation, retired as Petty Officer Second Class               
Stationed: Naval Station San Diego         
WMU department/position: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Administrative Assistant I
Favorite memory of serving: I got to visit every place in San Diego that Top Gun was filmed, and touring a submarine.
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? My deep obligation for service and loyality.             
How does the support you receive at WMU contribute to your success? I love WMU’s projecting of  pride and belonging. It is very reminiscence of belonging to an elite organization such as the U.S. Navy.              
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? The shifting and changing of innovation to remain competitive. I feel the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is always evolving toward excellence.

Chris Tindall       

Military branch: Air Force             
Job in military: Aircraft Structural Maintenance (B-52s)                 
Stationed: Barksdale, Louisiana               
WMU major: Mechanical Engineering   
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? Punctuality and good work ethic are a good start almost anywhere.           
How does the support you receive at WMU contribute to your success? The student success services and the STEP program have been a consistent part of my studying. 

Patrick McConnell           

Military branch: Marine Corps, eight years                           
Job in military: Motor Transportation Operator/Embassy Guard               
Stationed: Camp Pendleton, Califorina; Warsaw, Poland; Istanbul, Turkey; Baghdad, Iraq          
WMU major: Electrical Engineering
Favorite memory of serving: Touring Poland       
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? Leadership, discipline, and time management all contribute exceptionally.          
How does the support you receive at WMU contribute to your success? Academic and career services are great.            
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? It's a challenge. 

Timothy Chapman

Military branch: Army, 1974 to 1977; California National Guard, 1977 to 1980                  
WMU department/position: I am in the Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management Department and teach technical communication. I have an Master of Fine Arts from Western.   
Job in military: Medical Corpsman in the Infantry            
Stationed: I was stationed in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea with the Imjin Scouts and in Louisiana. 
Favorite memory of serving: Meeting some really good honorable people.         
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? In the military, you refine your self discipline.        
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? The people.
 

Chris Mennell   

Military branch: Marine Corps, five years             
Job in military: Digital Wideband Repair Technician      
Stationed: Camp Pendleton, California                  
WMU major: Electrical Engineering        
Favorite memory of serving: Going to the country of Oman for an exercise.         
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? My time in the service taught me determination and perseverance.           
How does the support you receive at WMU contribute to your success? I know I have a network of staff and fellow veterans I can rely on for support. 
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? I enjoy classes that give me the opportunity to work with my hands.
 

Nikki Nestor       

Military branch: Army National Guard, six years               
Job in military: UH-60 Black Hawk Crewchief      
Stationed: Turkey and Kuwait                                       
WMU major: Mechanical Engineering
How does the support you receive at WMU contribute to your success? The support from professors has been the key contributor that has made it possible to balance mission sets and school.
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? I enjoy the community.
 

Joel Parker          

Military branch: Air Force, six years                          
Job in military: Aircraft Mechanic on F-35s          
Stationed: Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
WMU major: Aerospace Engineering
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? Learning and having the opportunity to work directly with other future engineers.

Decker B. Hains                  

Military branch: Army, 22 years active duty        
Job in military: Engineer Officer                 
Stationed: Fort Richardson, Arkansas; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; South Korea; West Point, New York; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Baghdad, Iraq; Walla Walla, Washington, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washinton; Kalamazoo     
WMU department/position: Civil and Construction Engineering, Master Faculty Specialist and Senior Design Coordinator
Favorite memory of serving: Lots of great memories. Team chief in Iraq and Company Command in Korea.        
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? Mission first, people always! Balancing the demands of leadership in the Armed Services directly impacts how I approach teaching and service at WMU.               
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? Great mission and great people.
 

Ivan Gough          

Military branch: Marine Corps, five years
Job in military: CH-53E Crewchief
Stationed: Hawaii, Australia and Japan                 
WMU major: Aerospace Engineering     
Favorite memory of serving: No one memory is my favorite, just all the sucky things we did are my fondest memories.                 
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? I believe it has made me more capable of dealing with events in a professional manner when things don't go as planned.         
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? It makes it easier when signing up for classes.       
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? The faculty are just amazing.
 

Robert Hardin   

Military branch: Army, four years             
Job in military: Electronic Countermeasures Analyst     
Staioned: Huachuca City, Arizona; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort McPherson, Atalanta, Georgia; Sinop, Turkey; Laural, Massachusetts           
WMU major: Computer Science                
Favorite memory of serving: Electronics and computers.              
How does your military service contribute to your success at WMU? G.I. Bill                         
What do you like about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences? Good people

Jon Thomas Roach            

Military branch: Army, five years              
Job in military: Human Intelligence Collector    
Stationed: Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Presidio of Monterrey, Iraq  
WMU major: Computer Science                
Favorite memory of serving: The brother/sisterhood forged with my fellow servicemen/women-in-arms.