Joe Reiter was already considering a career in engineering when he took his first class from Sheboygan Falls High School technology education teacher Ed Hughes.
After that, he knew for sure.
“My experiences did a good job of convincing me that it was something I definitely wanted to do,” said Reiter, who took several classes from Hughes.
After graduating from Sheboygan Falls in 2012, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He now works as a design engineer at HUSCO Automotive in Waukesha.
Reiter was impressed by Hughes’ enthusiasm for his subject.
“He was great,” he said. “He taught robotics and we had the opportunity to design with CAD.”
Outside of class, Reiter was also involved in the robotics team led by Hughes with help from community business mentors.
That type of hands-on application of classroom lessons cemented his decision to pursue engineering.
“He definitely made it fun and interesting,” he said about Hughes.
Reiter is also impressed by the work Hughes did to build up the technology education program and create the high school’s new Innovation Design Center that opened in 2016.
Reiter has been back to see the design center and said there’s no comparison between it and the space he saw and used as a freshman.
“It’s incredible,” Reiter said. “It’s a first class facility.”