U.S. Army Capt. Stanley Kareta is on a coveted assignment, taking time at WPI to earn a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering while serving as an active duty officer.
The Palmer, Mass., native plans to use the skills and knowledge base he acquires with his future assignments with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a manager or project engineer. The Army Corps’ responsibilities range from disaster relief and border infrastructure improvement to construction and maintenance of dams and levees.
Capt. Kareta also spends one day a month with the university’s Army ROTC Bay State Battalion as an advisor during the battalion’s field training at Fort Devens.
Commissioned as second lieutenant upon graduating from Norwich
Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Norwich University in 2011, the ROTC cadet was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the active Army and reported to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where he took an engineer basic officer leadership course. Following further training he remained at that installation for his first duty assignment, where he worked with an advance individual training company, doing support for engineer divers, interior electricians, and technical engineers. He later went to the engineer regiments premier Sapper Leader Course.