While he was earning his degree in electrical and computer engineering, 2nd Lt. Ryan Raettig wasn’t just balancing homework and his job as a math tutor. The Air Force veteran was also juggling a transition back to civilian life, his role as a new father and leadership responsibilities in the Air Force ROTC.
“I have nothing but good things to say about the UA,” said Raettig, who received his BS in ECE in May 2019. “From my experience, the professors are excellent, and the student population is really accepting of veterans. I know a lot of veterans, when they go to school, maybe feel out of place, but I always felt acceptance.”
The American Society of Engineering Education Military and Veterans Division recently recognized the university with an Engineering Excellence for Veterans Award. The award was given to only three institutions of higher learning in 2019, for outstanding support of veterans transitioning out of the military and into careers in engineering and engineering technology.
“This is a tremendous recognition for the College of Engineering and the University of Arizona,” said Cody Nicholls, UArizona assistant dean of students for military and veteran engagement. “Our mission and values embody our commitment to serving our military and veteran student population, and this award is evidence of this commitment.”