STEMM RieskeStudents at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School recently got an inside look of what it is like to be an engineer in the professional world today.

Rob Rieske, a recruiter for the University of Toledo’s College of Engineering, visited the high school and talked with students involved in the STEMM initiative. Rieske shared personal stories about the many things engineering students at UT have recently accomplished.

His talk included everything from building model bridges to enhancing artificial limbs. The discussion led to a lot of questions from the students, and also allowed them to see the world of engineering in a whole new light.


“I think this really helped the students get excited,” said STEMM Coordinator John Agostinelli. “They saw a lot of opportunities out there that they didn’t know existed. I think it really helped them with what type of engineering they’re excited about.”

Bringing in speakers for students in the STEMM initiative is nothing new at Stritch Catholic. On average the program has a professional come in about once a month. This routine has been a staple of the program since it started in 2010.

Throughout the years, professionals from several sectors of the math and science world have visited the Stritch classroom. The ultimate goal of bringing in speakers is to give students a better idea of what to expect in the professional world after college.

“It’s almost like Baskin-Robins, you want to get as many free tastes as you possibly can so you can say ‘What is good for me? What do I connect with?’ ” said Agostinelli. “That is always the big thing: How can we focus our students to really connect with a career field."