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Jordan Holquist

Jordan Holquist

University of Colorado Boulder

Graduate Research Assistant

Personal Information

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School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Years at College Works: 2009

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: University of Colorado Boulder

Title: Graduate Research Assistant

Industry: Aerospace

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Studying, designing, and developing robotics and spacecraft life support systems.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Leading a team of engineers to develop a robotic gardening system under budget and ahead of schedule for NASA.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP gave me my first lessons in leadership- a valuable education that I intend to use in the future, leading our nation's space exploration program.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

It gave me confidence to lead and manage organizations and projects throughout college. From these, I gained the experience to land internships at NASA and acceptance into graduate school, where I continue to excel.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

There are many styles of leadership and management, utilize the those that fit in the given situation.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

You do not try with CWP, you do. There is no other option. If you commit yourself 100% to your efforts with CWP, I guarantee you will succeed. To current CWP participants: if you ever doubting yourself and your abilities: stop it. Have faith and believe in yourself, you alone are the person that decides your fate.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Being handed a check for $3,000 to start a $12,000 job in the first meeting with a prospective client.

Last words of wisdom

Believe in yourself, and this internship is going to be so worth it for you!