Miss Wisconsin welcomes UW-Madison engineering students back to campus

MADISON, Wis. — A day before students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison head back to the classroom, incoming students in the university’s College of Engineering got a welcome from a special guest: Miss Wisconsin.

Miss Wisconsin 2022 — Grace Stanke, a nuclear engineering student at UW-Madison — spoke to students Tuesday morning about the importance of embracing multiple identities, especially in the rigorous engineering field.

“I really want to focus on knowing you can have multiple identities. You can be more than just an engineer,” she said. “I feel like sometimes when you’re in engineering school you’re devoting so much time to your classes, studies, finding an internship or co-op, or whatever it may be, and it’s important to take time to be yourself, have fun, do these other aspects you enjoy doing.”

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Stanke, a Wausau native, is not just an aspiring nuclear engineer; she’s also a competitive collegiate waterskier and accomplished classical violinist who worked at the world’s largest nuclear fleet for two years.