Alumni, Class of 2018
Civil Engineering

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

I chose Oregon Tech because I wanted to move out of the Midwest. Oregon Tech appealed to me because the low student:teacher ratio and the prestige of our civil engineering program.

What do you like most about your major?

Civil engineering is relevant to everyday life. You can design or build, and work with transportation or structures, making it a versatile field. Civil also allows me to apply math and science, my favorite subjects, in interesting and new ways.

What are you passionate about changing within this particular field and why?

Autonomous vehicles. There are already concept vehicles, and I believe they will be fully autonomous in our lifetime. The transportation/traffic aspect of engineering must adapt to this new idea, and I’d like to be a part of it.

What would be your dream job?

My dream job would be to engineer new roadways and intersections for autonomous vehicles.

What have been some of your favorite classes and why?

Traffic engineering because programming/designing an intersection based on an intersection in town was insightful and fun for me. Strength and Materials is my other choice because it included many fun/hands-on labs that visually demonstrated what was being taught.

What’s your favorite thing to do off campus?

I enjoy hiking, either in Oregon or northern California. Walking around Downtown Klamath is also nice.

Are you involved on campus? If so, how?

I am involved in our civil engineering club, ASCE-AGC. First as the secretary and now as president. ASCE-AGC helps OIT students prepare for what the civil engineering world requires by doing projects from design to build, and participating in ASCE and AGC events/workshops.