Professor Pop-Up: Composite Materials Engineering

If you want to make things, break things, and figure out how to improve them, you could turn that drive into a career as a composites engineer.  I became a professor of Composite Materials Engineering because it’s still a relatively new field and there are so many...

WSU Supports Youth Development Professionals

  Throughout the pandemic, personal and professional challenges have left many feeling depleted and stuck in the middle, with a lack of clarity on how to fuel forward. This has been especially true for non-profit teams committed to serving the common good and...

Prepping for Study Abroad: 5 Things to Do Now

Taken by Shannon Brown in 2018 near the Amazon Rainforest  Studying abroad is something students come to Winona State for, but COVID-19 has kind of put a wrench in things. Don’t stress! We’ve got you covered with what you can do right now to get your ducks in a row....

Crossing the Finish Line Toward a Bright Future

For Michael (Mike) Desch, the finish line sometimes felt far away.  Throughout his college career, which began in 2013, Desch struggled with his mental health, which didn’t make the college experience easy. At times he failed classes and once took a...

Determined to Make Every Moment Count

As a high school senior, the idea of college seemed farfetched to first generation student Diana Tapia Alvarado.   Tapia Alvarado’s mom was a hard-working single parent working low-income jobs who dedicated every waking moment to paying bills and being a good mother....