Student Spotlight: Joshua Janezick

Left Job to Focus on Engineering Degree
By UW-Sheboygan

Joshua JanezickJoshua Janezick of Plymouth is the focus of UW-Sheboygan’s student spotlight for the month of January. After graduating from Plymouth High School in 2007, Joshua worked in general labor type jobs at area manufacturers. These jobs sparked his interest as to how things are made, so he enrolled in tech school to learn more about design and manufacturing. In his words, “I really enjoy science, so engineering just kept drawing me in closer.” Eventually he realized that he “needed more than a technical school level education to do the things he wanted to do.” Leaving his job to focus on school, he is currently enrolled in the engineering program at UW-Sheboygan.

This monthly feature highlights a student’s academic achievement and provides the community with an inside look into campus life and a greater understanding of the diverse profiles and experiences of our students.

Name: Joshua Janezick
Age: 28
Hometown: Plymouth, WI
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Career Goal: I hope to continually build technical skills throughout my career and apply those skills.  These skills will aid in the ethical development of products and services to benefit society.
Plymouth High School Graduate, 2007

Why did you choose UW-Sheboygan?  I choose UW Sheboygan, because of the engineering collaboration program with UW Platteville.  Traveling to earn my degree would have not been very practical otherwise.

Joshua Janezick at NASA
Joshua Janezick at NASA's Flight Facility
           for Rocksat-C program.

Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time? I take part in the collegiate rocket program, as well as the Rocksat-C program. Rocksat-C may well be the coolest and greatest project I will ever be a part of.  How often do you get a chance to concept, design, build, and test your own experiment? The whole experience was great, with the high mark being the launch of our experiment on a rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

Who is your favorite professor or staff member?  This is a tough one.  I have enjoyed many professor’s classes.  How about a list of professors who’s classes I enjoy.  Guy Campbell, Bill Dirienzo, Steven Gehling, and Karrie Rukamp have all had enjoyable classes.

What is your favorite class?  Physics II would have to be my favorite class so far.  Though the class was one of the hardest, the material is very interesting.

What do you plan to do after UW-Sheboygan?  First, I will complete my bachelor’s degree in engineering (collaborative program with UW Platteville); then I will continue my career at a company that fits my skills with room to grow.

Advice for incoming UW-Sheboygan students?  Study hard, but balance it with some fun.  Come prepared for class. Also, going to college just because it is the “norm” or doing it because you are told to - will only get you so far.  You really have to want it. In other words, the more you put in, the more you get out.

UW-Sheboygan is located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. It offers freshman and sophomore level college courses and is part of the University of Wisconsin System, so credits transfer easily. For more information about the campus, visit or phone 920-459-6600. 


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications