Brad Cooper

Mechanical Engineering, 2016

Brad Cooper

From an early age, Brad Cooper enjoyed learning how things worked.

Cooper, who graduated from Trine University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, is now working as a gas field engineer for NIPSCO, the natural gas company serving northeast Indiana.

“I always enjoyed tinkering around with things. That’s how I got into mechanical engineering,” said Brad.

He chose Trine because its smaller class sizes allowed him the opportunity to connect with professors. The up-to-date equipment in university laboratories also prepared him for his current work.

“I have used the skills I learned with finding the flow properties and characteristics of natural gas in pipes and through fittings,” he said.

Brad is now able to design more efficient natural gas distribution systems, allowing more people access to affordable natural gas. He also analyzes systems to make sure they maintain safety requirements.

Brad says the small class sizes, personal attention from professors and classroom instruction gave him the skills he needed to thrive.

“They want you to succeed,” he said.