University of Wisconsin–Madison

Zachary Olson

OATS Student Coordinator


I am originally from Madison. I joined the Navy to sail the seas. While enlisted I was stationed in Everett, WA and fell in love with the PNW. Following the Navy I obtained my BS in Geography at UW-Whitewater. I took my talents to the University of Nebraska as a graduate student. As a Master’s student in Geography at NU my area of focus was determining how large sand deposits along the Platte River Formed, these deposits are unique to Nebraska and not observed globally. Changing my talents, I am now a graduate student with ELPA (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis) with a focus of HPCE (Higher, Postsecondary & Continuing Education). I am excited were this path will take me, I was born a badger.


“Everyday Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things”- Jimmy Valvano