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Hromatko first wind energy student to make transfer to U of Iowa

March 28, 2009
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer

An Iowa Lakes Community College wind energy student from Harris will be the first to take advantage of a transfer program to the University of Iowa.

Chris Hromatko from Harris, who is completing his associate's degree in wind energy and turbine technology, will transfer to the University of Iowa's College of Engineering this fall. Hromatko will focus his elective courses in wind energy as he joins the first engineering class at Iowa specializing in the field.

It won't be that much of a jump for Hromatko, though, who started at Iowa Lakes in pre-engineering then business. Then in the fall of 2007 he changed his major to wind energy and turbine technology.

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Chris Hromatko of Harris will be the first student in the Iowa Lakes Community College wind energy and turbine technology class to transfer to the University of Iowa College of Engineering.
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Iowa Lakes signed an articulation agreement with the University of Iowa last year. Hromatko was on his internship with AES in Storm Lake when he heard about it.

He's already had calculus and engineering physics which are required courses for the program. He'll be at Iowa for another two and a half or three years. Courses will include "as much science as you can think of and as much math as you can think of," he said. He'll also take coursework in problem-solving in C programming.

So is he nervous about going to a new school in a new place?

"They call me the guinea pig," Hromatko said. "I'm very interested in what the University of Iowa has to offer me."

While there's no dire shortage of engineers, there really are no wind-based engineers currently, Hromatko said.

"I've always wanted to be an engineer since I was a little kid," he said. "It definitely works for me."

On the job, Hromatko will be doing retro-fitting, design and problem-solving.

He looks forward to traveling the U.S. in his new career once he's finished with college.

"I'm not really sure where I will end up," he said.



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