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Alumni Profile: Sarah (Atchley) Eckes ('01)

5 Questions with Sarah (Atchley) Eckes ('01)

Mechanical Engineer
Gulfstream Aerospace (Appleton, WI)

LeTourneau School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science


What brought you to LETU?

I was searching for a Christian school with Aviation and Engineering. LeTourneau was the only one to fit the bill. 


How would you describe your LETU Experience?

My LeTourneau experience was amazing. From the classes and great professors to the friends and extracurricular activities, I would not trade those 4 years for anything. I received a great foundation in both Aviation and Engineering. The experience of learning and being around other Christians during those years was gift that I frequently miss during a busy day at work. 


Did any professors have a significant impact?

Trying to single out one professor would be like picking a favorite family member. In the Aviation dept, they all played a separate roll but each was just as valuable. The humor, practical jokes, early morning labs, the sometimes serious talks about future plans, all the teachers demonstrated that they cared for us in different ways. 

 
How has LETU prepared you for your career?

We frequently joked that an A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) was a "license to learn." I found this to be very true when I was a mechanic. You must learn all the details of whatever aircraft type you begin to specialize on and what duties your employer needs completed. LeTourneau prepared me with a basic knowledge of a variety of aircraft types and parts which made me able to adapt that knowledge to my different employers. The engineering degree made me able to move into a position where my previous experience as an A&P provided a great basis for creating the data to install and maintain aircraft interiors. 

What advice would you give to LETU students?

Enjoy every minute you have and take every opportunity you are given. Never go without a full schedule. There are so many teachers who may not be in your major, but from whose teaching you may benefit. I threw in a Bible minor and a Psychology class just for the fun of it. Use this time when you have no other commitments to really dive in to the opportunity of learning, growing, and hanging out with other Christians. 

"Use this time when you have no other commitments to really dive in to the opportunity of learning, growing, and hanging out with other Christians."

 
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