Master’s student Matthias Uhrig has one year to make his mark as a Tech triple-jumper

Thursday, January 22, 2015

By Jon Cooper, The Good Word

Riding a fold-up scooter, backpack on his back, Matthias Uhrig looks like any other student as he walks the Georgia Tech campus.

Yet the 26-year-old native of Lossburg, Germany, already has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart (words emblazoned on his backpack) and, come August, expects to be on the cusp of earning his second master’s degree in engineering, science and mechanics from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It’s the reward of taking part in the Germany-Stuttgart Exchange/Work Abroad Program.

While it’s a lot of work on the academic side, Uhrig is embracing being part of the Georgia Tech community and being a student-athlete. Having been granted one year of eligibility by the NCAA, he’s taking advantage of the opportunity to extend his track career, performing for the Jackets in the triple jump.