Get to know Tia Bertz

By UW-Marshfield / Wood County

Student Tia Bertz

Age: 20

Hometown: Marshfield

High school attended: Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Current program or major: Mechanical Engineering

Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County? It was a block away from where I live. I wanted to go to a college that was close to home.

What surprised you the most about UW-Marshfield/Wood County when you arrived on campus? The teachers were very accommodating and no one ever judged me.

Why did you choose your program/major? I want to build and design products that will help blind and visually impaired people. I also want to create cool things that will make people feel empowered. I want to raise up the next generation of scientists and engineers with products I will create. These products will empower people to use their imagination and think outside the box.

In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time? I do a lot of 3D printing and 3D design. I create models, including printers and telescopes, for people around the state. I also make custom chains for various clients.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? I have too many to name just one. They are all great!

What do you plan to do after UW-Marshfield/Wood County? I plan to go to UW-Stout to finish my degree.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marshfield/Wood County students? Just be yourself. Do not fear being judged by others because the UW-Marshfield/Wood County community is very open and accepting, no matter who you are.



Brian Becker