Pilot Stories

Will Weber ’23
Nursing major
Army ROTC cadet

Despite the upheaval of the pandemic, senior nursing student Will Weber managed to take full advantage of the opportunities for leadership and growth that UP provides. His classes and clinicals through the School of Nursing and Health Innovations have given him hands-on experience in treating patients holistically. He’s built lasting friendships through his many intramural sports teams, and the Army ROTC program has taught him valuable leadership skills that will serve him well in his next stage of life.


Maya Struzak '24
Civil Engineering major
President, Global Engineering Initiative
Treasurer, Human Powered Vehicle Design Club

When she first arrived at UP, Maya Struzak felt a little lost, but once she started to get involved in clubs and began taking advantage of the many resources UP provides, she quickly found her purpose and her community. She took a world-expanding service trip to Ghana, conducted research with professors that led to a soon-to-be published paper, and started a Human Powered Vehicle Design club with funding from the Shiley School of Engineering—all before her senior year. These experiences have crystallized her interest in environmental engineering and we can’t wait to see what she does next.


Kevin Wong '23
Marketing major
Minor: Entrepreneurship & Design Management

After years of thinking about learning as an exercise in memorization, Kevin Wong came to UP and found that real learning happens when you have the chance to apply what you study. His experiences in the Pamplin School of Business and in his projects with UP’s industry partners like Adidas, have given him opportunities to gain real-world experience and confidence in his abilities, which will give him solid footing as he embarks on his career.