2016 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship Recipient
Cody Baumgartner is a Mechanical Engineering major and Aerospace Engineering minor at the University of Missouri - Columbia, graduating in May of 2019. As a Fulton, MO native, Cody had some hesitations about attending college so close to home, but all of that changed during his first tour of campus. Despite his father being employed by the University, Cody, believe it or not, had never set foot on campus prior to that tour. Within the first 5 minutes Cody knew that Mizzou was where he belonged.
Much like Josh, Cody was drawn to engineering because of his father. Cody grew up taking apart appliances, machines and watches (his favorite, and not coincidentally the most complex) and worked alongside his father to put them back together. Cody and his dad get the biggest thrill out of repairing the family's old diesel trucks.
During the summer months, Cody works 40 hours a week for the university as well as odd construction jobs with his father to pay for his tuition loan-free. Coincidentally, Cody works on many of the construction sites around campus, including the renovations to Lafferre Hall where a concrete lab has been dedicated in Josh's memory in 2017. There's no question Cody understands what it means to Work Hard.
When he's not studying and working, you can find Cody playing intramural soccer, rock climbing or organizing events for his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma. He's also involved in the Engineering School's Student Council and enjoys fixing cars for his friends or even for the occasional stranded roadside traveler!
As of Fall 2018:
I am currently a senior studying Mechanical Engineering. After an internship this past summer, I now have a strong interest in project management. Next summer, I will be interning for a company within a different industry in order to gain more new experience in project management and engineering. Once I graduate in December 2019, I plan on working in a project management position for either an aerospace or tech company.