Montana State University

MSU jumper and engineering student mentors youngsters

February 24, 2005 -- by Jean Arthur, MSU News Service

MSU engineering senior Carson Drew coaches five-year-old Erin Tschida on the high jump during Little Bobcat Track day in the Montana State University Fieldhouse. (MSU photo by Erin Raley.)    High-Res Available

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Bozeman--Wherever he goes, Carson Drew raises the bar.

Whether it's Scouts, engineering projects, track and field events or volunteering with local youngsters, the Montana State University College of Engineering senior has been raising the bar to new challenges for himself and others since he arrived on the Bozeman campus four years ago.

The Klamath Falls, Ore. native soon discovered how to maximize studies while becoming involved across campus. As a double major in computer engineering and German, Drew avoided late-night studies with his knack for tackling assignments and projects early.

"I've never been good at procrastinating," he said. "A project must get done. It's going to be done early or late, but it's a lot less stressful if done early."

He acknowledges that his passion for undertaking challenging tasks came from life-long Boy Scout adventures where he earned Eagle Scout status.

And now, even as a busy senior facing national engineering exams and competing for the Bobcats in track and field indoor and spring outdoor teams, he finds time to volunteer. He spends his Saturdays with other track athletes volunteering with the Little Bobcat Track program, coaching boys and girls aged 8-12, as they attempt their own personal bests on the high jump and the indoor track.

"Carson Drew represents everything you hope and dream about in a student athlete in terms of character and loyalty to Bobcat track and field," said Coach Dale Kennedy. "His commitment to being a whole person is exemplary as shown in commitment in the Little Bobcat program. He is a model kid, and we are fortunate to have him because he wasn't recruited. He walked on the team."

Drew won a trip to the Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championships during an indoor meet last week when he topped 6-foot-5.5-inches in the high jump, "But I want to do better; I want to jump 6-foot 8-inches."

As fourth man on the relay team, he will run in the 400-meter relay at the championships, today (Friday, Feb. 25) in Pocatello, Idaho.

Drew also finds time to assist a Livingston eighth grader on a middle school science fair project to determine power output differences between static and sun-tracking solar panels. When not in class, Drew is often in labs in Cobleigh Hall exploring digital logic design and assembly language.

On top of all his demands, Drew maintains a 3.89 GPA, received numerous scholarships and awards during his four years on campus, spent one year studying in Berlin and was named MSU Rotary Student of the Month for January. The Bozeman chapter of Rotary International recognizes outstanding MSU students who excel academically and are involved in the campus and community. Drew received a plaque and $50. During the summer, he will intern with Micron in Boise.

"I'll be working in the Systems Integration Department at Micron, which designs and builds systems and circuitry to test all their products," said Drew. "That department designs systems to test Flash memory, for example. They develop things like a temperature sensor and place 100 or so memory chips into temperature sensors for a week of tests."

Even after Drew graduates in May 2006 and undoubtedly lands a job, he plans to set the bar even higher.

"I hear that engineers are good at engineering but not so good as managers," he said. "Eventually, I would like to move up in the company that I work for so I intend to get an MBA."

In the meantime, he concentrates on senior projects, exams, daily trips to the Fieldhouse and the Big Sky Championships.

Contact Dale Kennedy 994-6261 or Carson Drew