“I think innovation and collaboration will be two aspects I will be able to excel in because my degree is from Iowa State. And the construction engineering program at Iowa State does an amazing job of offering students real-life experience.”
Hometown: Riceville, Iowa
What’s your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the study area on the second floor of Howe Hall.
Who was your most influential mentor while at Iowa State and why?
My most influential mentor at Iowa State was Jenny Baker, teaching professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. I really enjoyed taking Jenny’s classes because I learned a lot and she was very passionate about her coursework. I was also able to reach out to her with any questions regarding my career or education throughout my time at Iowa State.
Which of your hands-on learning opportunities was most valuable?
I was lucky enough to have an internship with Clayco following my freshman year. This internship introduced me to industry practices and expectations. I also completed an internship and co-op with Henkel Construction, which allowed me to gain a better understanding of the construction processes. Lastly, the capstone courses allowed me to gain valuable design coordination in a group setting.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I will be joining the Henkel Construction team as a project engineer following graduation.
As you think back on your time at Iowa State, what does it mean to engineer “like a Cyclone Engineer”?
I believe being a “Cyclone Engineer” requires me to hold myself to a very high standard. I think innovation and collaboration will be two aspects I will be able to excel in because my degree is from Iowa State. And the construction engineering program at Iowa State does an amazing job of offering students real-life experience throughout their coursework. I would like to have a positive impact on both the construction industry and the local community where I will be an engineer.