Eric entered Nicolet Area Technical College as a high school senior through the Youth Options Program. He wanted to get a jumpstart on college and save on tuition expenses at the same time. Eventually, all his credits from Nicolet transferred to the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics.
Now Eric designs, develops, and tests avionics software for the United States Army’s CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopter.
"Mark Nebgen in the chemistry department taught me the structural composition of the aerospace components that I work with every day," Eric states. "He was a mentor and now is a life-long friend. The people at Nicolet encouraged me to perform at the highest level, and brought out the best in me."