Jordan Preston

Hometown

Yakima, WA

Major

Civil Engineering, Minor GIS

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I cannot fully express my appreciation for the financial support that is allowing me to continue to experience these opportunities both in the classroom and through clubs and professional societies at Oregon Tech. I look forward to graduating and moving out into the workforce, and know I will be prepared because of my time here at Oregon Tech.

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

My dad graduated from Oregon Tech with his civil engineering degree. I heard about the good program from him and many of the other Oregon Tech grads who work at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). When I decided to pursue civil engineering, it was the only choice.

What do you like best about your major?

The civil engineering program is such a good balance of classroom and practical work. We are learning concepts and the theory behind engineering, but then we get to go out to the labs and put them right into practice. The work is challenging, but working on group projects or studying for the FE together creates a real sense of community among the students. The faculty are also the best on campus. They know their technical stuff, but are also really interested in helping students succeed, whether that is academically, professionally, or in personal areas.

What is your favorite memory from Oregon Tech?

I can't point to one specific memory, but one of the highlights during my time here has been the multiple trips I have been on with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter. I have attended conferences in Washington, D.C., Pomona, CA, Albuquerque, NM, Portland, OR, and am looking at travelling to San Diego, CA next year.

What career do you hope to have after you graduate from Oregon Tech?

Once I graduate, I hope to work for a private engineering firm that specializes in transportation planning and design. The past six summers have been spent interning with WSDOT, which as allowed me to determine areas that I like or don't like. I really enjoy design work on new infrastructure and incorporating new technologies into both the design and construction process. I will also pursue my Professional Engineers License.

What clubs or activities are you involved with?

I am currently serving as the President for the ITE Student Chapter, which has been one of the highlights of my time at Oregon Tech. I want to pursue transportation design, so an entire club dedicated to my field was a natural place for me to get involved. Currently, I also serve as the Event Coordinator for the OIT Christian Fellowship Club, which allows me to arrange volunteering opportunities as well as fun group events. There are a few other clubs and committees that I am involved with, including the American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe Team, the Cornett Hall Architectural Committee, and the Engineering Honor Society. Lastly, I served as the project manager for my senior project team, which did an Alternatives Analysis for the KID C-Flume Replacement Project in Klamath Falls.

What would you say to the donor or donors who support Oregon Tech. What does their support mean to you?

Because of the generosity of the donors to the Oregon Tech Foundation, I have committed to pursuing my graduate studies here next year. I cannot fully express my appreciation for the financial support that is allowing me to continue to experience these opportunities, both in the classroom and through clubs and professional societies, at Oregon Tech. I look forward to graduating and moving out into the workforce, and know I will be prepared because of my time here at Oregon Tech.

How do you want to impact the lives of other people in the future?

The Pacific Northwest is my home. I love travelling, and have been extremely lucky to have opportunities to visit Europe and Central America. However, there is a good reason that more of my out-of-state peers relocate here than return home to other parts of the nation after college. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful and exciting places a person can live. I love the idea of using my skills and passions to contribute to the economic welfare of Oregon and Washington through successful transportation systems.

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