Ohio State Impact

Madelyn Gruseck

Madelyn Gruseck
Madelyn Gruseck

Year: Graduating spring 2013
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Mason, Ohio

Madelyn Gruseck transferred to Ohio State after receiving a medical discharge from The United States Air Force Academy for suffering an injury during gymnastics practice. She returned to Ohio for several surgeries and then decided to continue her education at Ohio State because of its great reputation for mechanical engineering and proximity to her hometown. Pursuing mechanical engineering also lets her follow in her father’s footsteps. “He is an electrical engineer and was always having me help him with projects around our home,” she said. “Mechanical engineering is very broad, so it opened many opportunities for me. I have always been interested in space flight, and through the mechanical engineering program, I completed a co-op with NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This summer I completed my sixth tour with NASA in Houston.”

“My family has four children, and I’m the oldest,” Gruseck said. “While my parents work hard to help support my education in any way they can, I have always known that I would have to find a way to finance my education. Scholarships and the co-op experience have made all the difference.” She received scholarships from Women in Engineering and the mechanical engineering department.

What Ohio State means to me
“But for Ohio State, I would not have had the opportunity to continue the tradition of excellence that all Buckeyes share. I am so proud to represent Ohio State as I continue my career as a NASA engineer,” she said. “Ohio State has helped me blossom into a bright, young engineer, and has given me the tools to excel in any career path I choose.”

Costs of a mechanical engineering education
When she first arrived at Ohio State, she bought a laptop and Microsoft Office package. Free software consisted of MATLAB and Solid Works. The biggest expense following tuition was books. “Last quarter, I spent $500 for books. While there’s the option of selling back textbooks, they are often needed for the next course or for important notes jotted in the margins,” she said. “We also have many group projects that require building materials. After several years, the cost for these projects adds up.”