Alexander Umpleby

Alexander Umpleby

Alumnus, Class of 2013
Hometown: North Powder, Oregon

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

I chose Oregon Tech because I was interested in mechanical engineering and like to see how things work. I had heard that Oregon Tech was a ‘hands-on’ school and this fit my learning style. Learning engineering from only a book, where the professor does not even know who you are, did not sound appealing to me. My brother and uncle have also graduated from Oregon Tech and they highly recommended the school for a good education with very high after-college hire rates.

What do you like best about your major?

The diversity of the subjects taught. You can get a good feel for what industry may be like and the faculty have been in industry and therefore, can help you get an idea of the industry. Having a ‘hands-on’ school is important. We have most of the tools needed to complete very complex parts and projects. I am involved with the Formula SAE team and have gotten the opportunity to build a scale formula 1 race car. Also, getting to work on projects and learn about the field of engineering.

What would be your dream job in your major?

In the field of engineering, I would like to be a test engineer for Deere and Company (John Deere) on the agricultural side of their business.

What’s your favorite thing to do off campus?

Mechanical Engineering keeps one really busy, especially with senior projects and working 30+ hours a week, while being a full time student. When I do have some free time, I like to go skiing, motorcycle riding, and hanging out with friends. I am also involved with my local church and participate as much as I can in the events they have. As far as a favorite, during the warmer months I like to ride motorcycles and spend time in the outdoors exploring and looking at the farm land in the Klamath Basin.

What’s your most memorable moment on campus?

Spending countless hours in the Mechanical Design center in Cornett Hall working on lab reports, studying for exams, and working on homework have been interesting, to say the least. The other guys in my major have been there right along with me and we have fun while learning those tough subjects. Ping pong at 3am is always fun, too! Or, even better, at 7am after being there all night studying.