Non-traditional student Steve Culver discovered his passion for mechanical engineering in college, but it wasn’t until the summer after his first year at TCU that he decided what he truly wanted to do with his degree. That summer, Culver took a trip to Southeast Asia that changed the direction of his life.
“While riding my motorcycle in the countryside of Cambodia, I learned two things that have really changed my life. First, Cambodia has more land mines per square mile than anywhere in the world. Second, Cambodia has one of the worst healthcare systems in the world. As a result of these situations, the country has many people that do not have legs, and little hope for rehabilitation,” Culver said.
“I had to look at these people and their suffering and realize I was powerless to do anything for them,” he said.
Culver had returned from his Cambodia trip with a new passion, and told his academic advisor at TCU that he wanted to build prosthetic devices with his mechanical engineering degree.