Max Redman was born to be a Beaver, and especially now that he’s under way with his entrepreneurship education, he couldn’t be happier about that.

“I’m having a blast,” said the junior, a fourth-generation Oregon State student, who “fell in love with OSU when I was little.”

Neither his affection for the university nor his desire to enroll ever waned.

“I had friends who went here who were launching businesses,” the OSU Entrepreneurship Club president said. “The campus is gorgeous. My parents took me to football games, so I fell in love with that atmosphere. And the Austin Entrepreneurship Program is phenomenal.”

The AEP is part of the living-learning environment at Weatherford Residential College, where Redman resided as freshman before moving off campus as sophomore, “which seemed the next logical step.” But Redman, who’s aiming for a degree in business information systems with his entrepreneurship option, still spends much of his time at Weatherford, with the “maker space” among his favorite spots in the building.

“One day we made T-shirts,” he said. “Another we learned how to make posters. It’s just cool to learn how to make different things. Entrepreneurship forces you to be a jack of all trades, to know a little bit of everything.

“I have big plans for my life,” he continued, “and I knew the only thing that would put me on a track to get there was entrepreneurship. I want to own my own ideas and reap the benefits of my work. I’m so happy to be here.”

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program continues to ramp up and refine its educational and technological offerings at venerable Weatherford Hall under the leadership of Director Sandy Neubaum and Project Manager Dale McCauley.

The 88-year-old residence hall, reopened in 2004 as a living/learning center following a 10-year closure and massive renovation, is home to roughly 300 students, making the AEP one of the largest residential entrepreneurship programs in the United States. Weatherford features “maker space” designed to foster the development of new products, and the program includes a comprehensive support system for helping students learn how to bring ideas to market.

“It’s exciting to be on the front end of the maker movement,” Neubaum said. “I’ve watched the changes here, and championed for them.

“This generation thinks it can change the world, and I get to help empower them to do that. I have the best job on campus.”