Portrait of CJ Warren

Graduate Student Talks Impact On and Off the Field

Christian "CJ" Warren

Hometown: Lino Lakes  

What are you getting your graduate degree in? 

Master's in mechanical engineering plus entrepreneurship from a new program at the School of Engineering called New Product Tech Ventures (NPTV). 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree? 

  • I am driven by the desire to deepen my knowledge and expertise in engineering.  
  • My commitment to personal growth extends beyond academics. I am a dedicated student-athlete on campus. With two more seasons of football ahead of me, this graduate program allows me to seamlessly integrate my academic pursuits with my love for football.  
  • Having a dual expertise of engineering and entrepreneurship will not only enrich my problem-solving capabilities but also position me as a versatile professional capable of navigating complex challenges in both technical and managerial contexts. 
Engineering grad student CJ Warren studies at the Schoenecker Center
Engineering grad student CJ Warren studies at the Schoenecker Center.
Brandon Woller '17 / University of St. Thomas

What do you think of the School of Enginering and NPTV graduate program?  

The curriculum is well-structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. The professors are highly knowledgeable and supportive, creating an environment that fosters both academic and personal growth. Overall, this program has become a crucial steppingstone in realizing my long-standing dream of establishing my own company, providing me with the academic foundation and practical skills needed for entrepreneurial success. 

How has your graduate education at St. Thomas helped you in your current position?  

Currently I am employed at PolarStar Magnetics. The classes I have taken thus far have equipped me with valuable insights and practical skills that I am beginning to apply in the workplace.  

How has the University of St. Thomas made a difference in your life? 

The University of St. Thomas has been a transformative force in my life, leaving an indelible impact that extends beyond the classroom. The outstanding education, supportive community, and enriching experience with the football team, have all been instrumental in shaping not only my academic and professional journey but also in molding my character, values, and worldview.  

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