The Division of Student Life would like to congratulate Greg Meinweiser on being selected as the winner of the October 2015 Courage to Climb Award! Greg is a graduate student from Millington, Tennessee pursuing a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering and a Graduate Certificate Program in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering.
Greg received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), majoring in Nuclear Engineering and minoring in Business. Greg shared that his passion for nuclear engineering comes from wanting to protect the planet and make a difference in the world. While an undergraduate at UTK, he was actively involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society founded to encourage and reward academic excellence. As a graduate student, Greg has been heavily engaged in community service and outreach activities, especially with middle and high school students, through his involvement with the STEMpunk Reverse Science Fair, High School Introduction to Engineering Systems for Twelfth Graders (HITES12) Program, Tennessee Teachers Energy Camp, Science Expo, and Nuclear Science Week. Greg is also active in department and college leadership development, including serving as a College of Engineering Professional Practice Ambassador for the past two years, a Nuclear Engineering Department Ambassador for the past year, and an officer of both the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Women in Nuclear (WiN) university chapters. This year, Greg has taken on the role of President of the ANS. As his nominator said, “Greg displays a true volunteer spirit; he fully involves himself in campus activities and outreach programs while maintaining a high standard for his coursework.” Outside of his many curricular and co-curricular pursuits, Greg also enjoys music, singing, and the great outdoors.
Greg plans to graduate with his master’s degree this spring and enter into a Ph.D. program in Nuclear Engineering in the fall. We wish him the best of luck in his very bright future!