The best thing I learned in college was how to learn. I have already came across many obstacles in my field but I had the background to guide me where to find an answer. The second best thing was realizing no one starts off knowing everything and questions are encouraged."
What types of work have you performed? What projects have you worked on?
I have done civil/site and transportation. Everything from storm sewers to roadways. I have worked on local jobs such as the Buffalo Creek Casino, the Niagra Falls Casino, City of Buffalo Bike Paths, Seneca On Tower, and more.
What have been some favorite aspects of your work?
I have been able to be a puzzle piece for a group that creates life in areas that previously had nothing. My work has changed communities in all different ways.
What was one of your most satisfying days as an engineer?
My group traveled around the Buffalo area stopping at all different job sites that we have worked on. While passing one we noticed the community that was once full of broken homes and grown-over fields had changed into new houses and parks with people riding bikes and walking their dogs along the waterway.
Was it worth it? What has your engineering background made possible for you? What value has it added to your overall life?
I was fortunate enough to have a job offer while in school. Other friends that were not in engineering did not have this luxury and still struggle today with finding a job they actually enjoy. On top of this, it changes daily and has yet to get old. I can enjoy going to work, I can take pride in my work, and I get to work with people who think and work in creative ways.
What would you say to the first-year students currently sitting in your shoes?
Hearing one of those "Right about now" videos. Now out of college and looking back, they were helpful. I can look back at class and remember hearing one that put an ephasis on "learning to learn" and "engineer thinking". The best thing I learned in college was how to learn. I have already came across many obstacles in my field but I had the background to guide me where to find an answer. The second best thing was realizing no one starts off knowing everything and questions are encouraged.