Reaching for the Stars

  Auburn University Engineering
  Monday, November 27, 2017 3:34 PM
  WJU News, Academics, Alumni

Wheeling, WV

Jenna Klemkowsky first became interested in math and science when she was in elementary school in Morgantown, West Virginia, but it was during an exciting camp just two hours away at the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University that she discovered her calling in life.jenna-klemkowsky-magazine-photos-3-of-3-768x512.jpg

“My love for STEM grew when I first went to space camp in elementary school,” said Klemkowsky, doctoral candidate in aerospace engineering. “Just spending that whole week immersed in the different missions and activities they involved us in with science really sparked my interest.”

It was then she knew she wanted to be an aerospace engineer.

“Engineering has always been my career path mainly because it’s a way to apply all of that science and math, and I like having a problem and being able to solve it using real world solutions,” she said.

Klemkowsky returned to Wheeling Jesuit as an undergraduate student, was a member of the university soccer team and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in physics. When it came time to decide on a graduate program, a university more than 700 miles away came calling.

“I fell in love with Auburn the minute I got here,” Klemkowsky said. “They flew me down here for a visit and I immediately knew this was a family built around supporting its students.”

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