Jerry Dahlberg is a retired veteran who served 21 years in the United States Army. Originally from Iowa, Jerry came to UNC Charlotte to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is now completing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and wants to go on to work in a National Research Lab upon completion of his program.
Jerry was the project team student lead for the UNC Charlotte Rocket Team, which won the Best Vehicle Design award at the NASA Launch Competition in 2014 and was one of three finalists out of 3,250 student projects for the National Instruments Student Design Competition. Jerry also mentored the 2015 team and is currently the Department of Engineering’s Veteran STEM Outreach Coordinator. Also in 2014, Jerry won the Benjamin O. Hood Service Award for giving back to the community through service. He, along with other faculty, students and alum of the Motorsports Engineering program spoke on the Discovery Channel about water tunnel testing. Using NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow and the 5th largest water channel in the United States (housed in the Motorsports Research Building here at UNC Charlotte), Jerry and his colleagues were able demonstrate the safety impact of NASCAR’s change from wing back to spoiler.
When asked what the most important thing new veteran students should know when coming to UNC Charlotte, Jerry said “Don’t be bashful with faculty. Get to know your professors early in the semester. This will be key to your success.”