Sarah BehrensOperations and Technology Management

Sarah Behrens joins the Operations and Technology Management program with a background in mechanical engineering. She loves learning in everything she does. While attending Marquette University, she interned as a Packaging Engineer at United Technologies, Pratt and Whitney Turbine Division, promoting serviceability of components and analyzing flaws in existing designs. After graduating from Marquette University, Sarah worked as an Integration Engineer for Caterpillar’s Hydraulic Mining Shovel division, formerly Bucyrus-Erie. At Caterpillar, Sarah worked to evaluate designs currently in the field and address existing design, cost, and International Engineering Standards concerns. She redesigned structures and hydraulics systems while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing machines.  During the integration project, Sarah continually showed her leadership, training new employees, managing a written guideline to track all integration procedures and records. Her experiences working as an Integration Engineer presented Sarah with the opportunity of working with disparate systems from two companies and bringing them together as one final product. Learning from two different business strategies, Sarah saw how different business and technical approaches had positive and negative effects. She experienced firsthand how large successful companies handle industry “boom and bust” due to rapid changes in the mining industry. Her passion to help companies make  quality decisions is a force that drives her to gain understanding into all aspects affecting business decisions and the consequences of decisions. Specifically, how each decision affects the product and the health of the company.

When she isn’t busy working on Hydraulic Mining Shovels Sarah enjoys taking flying lessons in a J3 Piper Cub, and learning about planes by working through the restoration and modification of a 1946  PA-12 Super Cruiser with a restoration expert.  She also enjoys exploring the extreme ski terrain in Colorado, bicycling, hiking, swimming, ATV’ing, and spending time with her family and friends. Sarah was a member of the Dorothy Day Social Justice Living and Learning Community. She provided volunteer tutoring at the Milwaukee County Prison to enable inmates to obtain their GED as well as volunteering at a local homeless shelter and other community organizations.