I liked the dog parks, the running trails, the proximity to camping and hiking [at UT], but it turned into much more than that. One of the folks I met was Dr. Ken Diller, who was the chair of the mechanical engineering department. I very distinctly remember leaving that meeting with the sense that he truly believed I was going to succeed in what I was setting out to do. That was a such a strong motivator.
I’ve had the good fortune to have some extraordinary experiences, the most amazing being looking down at Earth from over 250 miles up. I can only hope I’ve taken all former, current, and future Longhorns along for the ride.
Karen Nyberg, MS ’96, PhD ’98, Life Member, Distinguished Alumna