UWM engineering student receives Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement

Douglas Machkovech received one of the nation’s highest ROTC honors in November, signifying that the undergraduate mechanical engineering student from Appleton, Wis. is one of the top cadets in the country.

At a Nov. 8 ceremony at Marquette University, Machkovech (pictured with Brett Peters, dean, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science) was awarded a Legion of Valor Bronze Cross by the Legion of Valor of the United States of America. Each year, this national award is given to eight outstanding military science cadets across the nation in recognition of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects.

UWM is part of the Golden Eagle Battalion, which includes host institution Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Concordia University and Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Machkovech—who is one of about 40 UWM students in ROTC —has made the Dean’s List every semester since starting at UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and took part in the college’s Study Abroad Program in Germany, where students study issues of climate policy and renewable energy sources.

“Doug maintains a strong reputation across the UWM campus as a scholar and as a leader,” said Peters. “It’s difficult to balance the demanding coursework with the activities of the battalion.”

Being in ROTC adds 37 credits in military science to his undergraduate load, and demands an adherence to a tight schedule Monday through Friday.

On weekdays, he wakes up a 4:45 a.m. From 5:30 – 7:30 a.m. he trains with his battalion at Marquette University (running, weight lifting and “rucking,” which is running with a 40-lb. backpack), and from 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. he is in class at UWM or working on homework. After that, it’s dinner, more homework, relax, sleep, repeat.

“The structure has helped me because it’s held me to academic, physical and ethical standards,” Machkovech says. “I like commitment and I like teamwork.”

Machkovech is on track to graduate in December 2020 at which time he will be commissioned in the Army as an officer.