College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Wind energy powers up alumnus’ career

When Brian Lapcewich enrolled at Iowa State in 2005 as an undeclared engineering major, he didn’t know his passion for engineering would lead him to a career where an ordinary day at the office would mean standing atop an 80-meter high wind turbine.

As a junior in high school, Lapcewich toured the campus and fell in love with the classes and the program. “I ended the day feeling like I wasn’t going to be just a number, that I could thrive and succeed,” he says. From the beginning, he leaned toward mechanical engineering, and it only took one semester to declare. He says he never looked back.

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