Meet Civil Engineering Senior and Scholarship Recipient Delaney Lewis

Student Q & A with CE senior Delaney Lewis

Why did you choose Purdue Civil Engineering?

I grew up in Indiana, so I was already very much aware of how great Purdue was and how strong its engineering programs are. Now, in my senior year, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come here. I have learned so much and made so many great friends and had so many incredible experiences along the way.

Why did you decide to pursue a civil engineering degree?

I’ve always loved buildings and design work so I had a pretty good idea that civil engineering was what I wanted to pursue. After my freshman year, I really loved the CE classes and that made me feel even more confident in my decision.

How has your scholarship at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering helped you?

Receiving my scholarship really allowed me to focus fully on my studies while also being able to be part of academic and social student groups. Without it, I would not have been able to participate in the industry mentor program. My scholarship allowed me to have the flexibility to meet with my mentor on a regular basis and I received a lot of guidance through it.

What is something you learned about CE as a student?

What surprised me was just how versatile civil engineering actually is — especially at Purdue with its nine different concentrations. It gives you so much flexibility to really find what you want to focus on for a career.

What are your goals after you graduate?

First, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering here at Purdue. I also aim to become a licensed structural engineer. As for what I would like to do in my career, I’ve always been interested in high rise and building design.