Alumni Profile

Kaitlin Gorski

Kaitlin Gorski.

I constantly find myself using the problem solving and analysis skills I learned while getting my engineering degree and working in the engineering field. Whether I'm analyzing options for my next vacation, trying to figure out how to most efficiently cook a new recipe, or trying to beat my friends at a board game, I always find myself using critical thinking skills that I know came from working through difficult engineering assignments and projects."

Where I've Been

Cities

  • Buffalo, NY

Organizations

  • Studio T3 Engineering

Positions

  • Civil/Site Designer

What I've Done

What types of work have you performed? What projects have you worked on?
Since graduating from UB I have been working in site design. I design (and usually draft) new sewers, waterlines, site grading, and site drainage. I have worked on a wide variety of types of projects, including new and renovated hotels, schools, stores, and homes.

What have been some favorite aspects of your work?
I like the problem solving aspect. Every town/city I work on a project in has slightly different requirements, and every new site has its own unique challenges. It can be frustrating trying to match the needs of the local municipalities, the owner, and the characteristics of the site, but I enjoy solving the "puzzle" and it's very rewarding when everything comes together to create a complete project.

What was one of your most satisfying days as an engineer?
When I unexpectedly drive by a completed project I had a role in designing. It's cool to see all my 2-D drawings, reports, and calculations as a real-life place that people use.

Was it worth it? What has your engineering background made possible for you? What value has it added to your overall life?
Yes! Aside from using my engineering degree in my job, I constantly find myself using the problem solving and analysis skills I learned while getting my engineering degree and working in the engineering field. Whether I'm analyzing options for my next vacation, trying to figure out how to most efficiently cook a new recipe, or trying to beat my friends at a board game, I always find myself using critical thinking skills that I know came from working through difficult engineering assignments and projects.

Why it Matters

What would you say to the freshmen currently sitting in your shoes?
Honestly, being overwhelmed and a little scared. But working through those feelings and ending the semester with a project I was proud of gave me the confidence and skills I needed to move forward with my engineering degree (and career!). My best advice would be to work hard, be confident in your abilities, and don't be afraid to ask your classmates, leaders, and professors for help when you need it!