Michael Eagle

Michael Eagle

Student, Class of 2013
Major(s): Civil Engineering
Hometown: Medford, Oregon

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

I chose Oregon Tech because of the smaller class sizes and its reputation of placing graduates in the industry upon graduation. I had heard that the learning overall was much more practical and hands-on compared to some of the more theoretical schools out there. I am more of a hands-on and visual learner, so I expected Oregon Tech to fit my learning style and promote a much better experience. The cost of living in the area was very reasonable and tuition is not outrageous like some of the other schools in the state.

What do you like best about your major?

I like the professors, smaller class sizes and the other students in my major. All of my professors have PhDs and are highly diversified outside of their expertise. They all bring their own unique perspectives, experiences, and expertise from the industry to the classroom and laboratory environment. I also like my major because it has opened doors to participate in clubs such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). I have held an officer position in each of these clubs and I have had great experiences with each club, such as the Steel Bridge Competition and the Traffic Bowl.

What would be your dream job in your major?

My career goals are to become a professional engineer (PE) and a professional traffic operations engineer (PTOE). Eventually, I would like to pursue a Master’s Degree, but I would like to gain experience and a perspective within the industry first. My dream job would be to work at a transportation engineering consulting firm that provides unique and sustainable transportation solutions to communities and cities everywhere.

What’s your favorite thing to do off campus?

One of my favorite things to do off campus is to go fishing. There are several lakes and rivers that are near Klamath Falls that have excellent fishing. I also like to play soccer and in the spring I coach a high school boys soccer team that plays in some tournaments and participates in a spring league. When I am not fishing, playing or coaching soccer, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family.

What’s your most memorable moment on campus?

One of the most memorable moments for me was the completion of my senior project presentation at the end of winter term. Our group put a lot of time and effort in to our project, which involved working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to complete a bridge design and an interchange design and analysis. The feeling I had after completing that final presentation was amazing. I feel that my senior project gave me an opportunity to apply the coursework I had been learning to a real life application. Overall, the senior project experience should be a solid foundation to build on when I start my career after graduation in the fall term of 2013.