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The science of speed

Pam Holmes Boyd

“I like going fast – ski racing and street luge,” he said. “Science is what gives you the technology to do that.”

Steiert is headed to Stanford University this fall to study either aeronautical or mechanical engineering. “I choose Stanford because of its reputation and because I thought I’d have more fun there than I would at MIT.”

As his college plans demonstrate, Steiert is an accomplished student. But there is a lot more to this Renaissance-man student that his high grade point average and his post graduation plans.

Steiert traces his passion for engineering back to eighth grade when his teacher, Kim Walters, shepherded him through an ambitious science fair project. That project, which dealt with rocket construction , rocketed to first place at the regional science fair.

Steiert eventually went on to compete in science fairs during his freshman and sophomore years, and both of those projects took him to state competition. His high school career has also been characterized by top grades and lots of extracurricular activities. He was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Boettcher scholarship and received a scholarship offer from the Colorado School of Mines.

Steiert also raced for Ski Club Vail for two years, then for BMHS for two years. This year, Steiert was captain of the Huskies ski team. He also played rugby and participated in various performing venues.

“I didn’t fall into the science guy cliche,” he said. “I’m into doing comedy and my far-fetched dream is to be a regular on Saturday Night Live.”

Far-fetched, yes, but interesting nonetheless. Steiert may well be the only engineering student at Stanford this fall who dreams of stage glory and ski races on the side. That’s what makes him a Renaissance, if not a wild-and-crazy, kind of guy.


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