Engineering student Jason Schiedermayer credits the MESA Engineering Program for his successes.
Jason Schiedermayer, a student-veteran in the College of Engineering, received a prestigious Buick Scholarship of $25,000 per year for 2012-13 and 2013-14.
“I know one thing for sure. I want to give back in some way. I feel so fortunate,” said Schiedermayer, who credits discipline, faith, self-motivation and SDSU’s MESA Engineering Program for his success.
“At orientation I learned about MESA and I started doing workshops and taking classes through MEP,” Schiedermayer said. “It really helped. I also volunteered through MESA and I was really impressed by how hard the staff works to help students succeed in every way.”
Schiedermayer will participate in two paid internships this summer. One involves a research project with the Navy’s Space and Systems Warfare Command.
The other, funded through an MESA stipend, is with Ambient Control Systems, a local designer of custom software and engineering durable power supplies for sensors that monitor a variety of conditions from seismic to fire activity.
Schiedermayer was trained as an electronics technician in the Navy. From 2003 to 2008, he served on the USS Cleveland (LPD-7), an amphibious ship based in San Diego and deploying to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf.
While in the Navy, he began taking classes that would lead to an electrical engineering degree. He enrolled in SDSU full time when he left the Navy in 2010.
“The Navy gave me discipline and an excellent skill set,” Schiedermayer said. “But I do sometimes think about where I would be today if I had started this earlier. Maybe I would not be doing as well as I am today. I needed to grow up and mature a bit.”
Schiedermayer is focused and motivated now, earning his first 4.0 semester this past spring. He is also part of SDSU’s Troops to Engineers SERVICE program, which provides dedicated internship and employment placement services to student-veterans at SDSU.