BIG POTENTAL: The hopes and goals of our engineering students are intriguing and as diverse as they are. No matter their backgrounds and majors, our students are here with a purpose: to make a BIG difference in people's lives.
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Matt, Dan and Eric Tesarek
Majors/Minors: Computer and Electronics Engineering
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Class Years/Graduation: Freshmen
BIG CONNECTIONS: What are the odds? Triplets occurred once in 6,400 U.S. births in 2003 (about 10 years after the Tesarek brothers were born).
Then, what are the odds that triplets would choose the UNL College of Engineering for their college career? Certainly much less probable—but studying at Nebraska Engineering always had a high likelihood with Matt, Dan and Eric Tesarek. Their father graduated from UNL in 1977 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and is now employed by OPPD, working at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station.
BIG OPPORTUNITIES: The trio graduated from Millard North High School, where they enjoyed math and running (typically 5k). As college freshmen in the Computer and Electronics Engineering program, they take classes at The Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha and favor their CEEN 1030 course, including several lab hours each week building CEENBots with Professor Roger Sash.
The Tesareks live at home in Omaha but commute to PKI together; their older sister, Lisa, studies education at UNO. They have part-time jobs at a retirement home and as lifeguards at UNO’s campus swimming pool, and are looking ahead to an academic path that could allow them to study electrical engineering in Lincoln—a few years down the road.
BIG ASPIRATIONS: Each brother has an interest in energy issues. The brothers admit that having a ready-made study group helps their learning in the classes they attend together (their electives are different and include calculus, speech and music), but there can sometimes be challenges when often “the faculty can’t tell us apart.”
Professor Sash admitted it takes time to discern, but he has appreciated getting to know each of the brothers; and, he said the Tesareks are “the typical good students any professor would want to have”—good things do come in threes.