Alumni Stories

Dan Brandenstein '65

It's important to do something you enjoy in your career. Develop a plan, set some goals and work hard at them. Things can always change, so have a Plan B if Plan A doesn't work out so you don't get discouraged.
-Dan Brandenstein, 1965, Physics & Math

What is something that sticks in your mind about River Falls?
River Falls had a very friendly atmosphere and there was always plenty to do. The faculty's dedication to students was far above what I anticipated or expected.  

How did you use your experience at River Falls to help make a difference in the world?
I was proud of the leadership abilities I acquired at River Falls, and I carried that into the Navy, where I continued to develop my leadership talent. I found leadership roles at NASA and corporate environments to be fascinating. From the responsibilities, to the give and take among one another, it truly made work enjoyable. I've strived to be a leader in many positions throughout my career, and River Falls helped set that foundation. 

What were you involved in at UWRF?
I was a Resident Assistant for two years, and participated in math and physics club, social committee, Student Senate, intramurals and the local Kappa Beta fraternity. My senior year, I joined the Navy.

Dan Brandenstein

Retired Astronaut and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Space Alliance

Named 1983 Distinguished Alumnus

Number of Times in Space:

Flying and golfing   

Least Favorite Class:

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