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Hometown: Libertyville, Ill.

High school:  Vernon Hills High School, class of 2013

Degree or certificate program at CLC: Associate in Engineering Science, class of 2015.

Transfer school: Northern Illinois University, majoring in mechanical engineering with emphasis on mechatronics and robotics.

Kiley Niemeyer

Why did you choose engineering as your major? I’ve always been a tinkerer and had a passion to build things, as a child I remember building Lego metropolises and elaborate train yards for my Thomas the Tank Engine set. If a TV remote wasn’t working, I’d dismantle it and try to figure out how to fix it to my parent’s dismay. One of my relatives is a mechanical engineer, and he recommended engineering to me early in my high school years. After taking a few classes, I came to understand that engineers are problem solvers. They utilize anything at hand to get things back up and running, and that truly appeals to me.

Engineering is a demanding major.  How did CLC help you succeed? I was a huge advocate for the tutoring center and camaraderie amongst my peers. A lot of times, going to the tutoring center let me go deeper into the subject than what we were learning in class, which helped me to gain a better understanding of the material. I also worked with tutors and my friends during my calculus and differential equations classes when I had questions.

Being in the Math Club was also a great experience. Jeff Mudrock, the math club adviser, had a multitude of really interesting strategy games that, a lot of times, applied mathematical theories and formulas that we were learning in class. My favorite activity was a two-player game called Nim in which we had to figure out the optimal strategy in order to be the person to take the last coin from two separate piles. Math Club was a great way to meet fellow math enthusiasts, many of which I am still friends with. In my second year at CLC, I served as the Math Club treasurer. Being the club treasurer helped build my leadership skills and also taught me how to manage a budget.

Why did you choose CLC? In high school, I wasn’t 100 percent sure of what I wanted to major in, and since my family wasn’t financially well off, I decided to attend CLC and take my gen eds while I figured out what to major in. I also worked part time at a company in which I gained valuable engineering experience and learned how typical Lean Manufacturing processes work.

CLC is a great college. The vast majority of the professors are passionate about what they teach and take the extra step to help you when you need it.

What are your goals after you graduate from NIU? I know I want to go into a field where I can help to solve problems. I think it would be cool to work in the mobile phone or wearable technology industry and help develop the latest gadgets or maybe even create new technology that can help our environment.