Undergraduate Spotlights

April 5, 2021

Purdue CE Undergrad Spotlight — William Taylor

Purdue Civil Engineering undergrad William Taylor's emphasis area is in Structures. One of his career goals is to work abroad and in developing countries and improve the infrastructure. With so many advances in technology — like smart cities and connected vehicles — it'd be incredible to help design for emerging communities, he says.
March 12, 2021

Purdue CE Undergrad Spotlight — Amanda Lefebvre

Civil Engineering undergraduate Amanda Lefebvre said she wanted to get the most out of her experience while at Purdue. In her four years, she's led the university's Engineers Without Borders program, is a member of Chi Epsilon, Chi Omega, and the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities, served as an undergraduate researcher, and participated in three internships.
February 10, 2021

Purdue CE Undergrad Spotlight — Jenna Palka

Jenna said she chose civil engineering at Purdue University because she loved the sense of community she felt. And, after seeing how impactful Civil Engineering is on the world, Jenna said she knew that it was the school for her.
December 4, 2020

Purdue CE Undergrad Spotlight — Jack Thomas

Jack came to Purdue University because he knew it was one of the best places to get an engineering degree, but he wasn't sure which engineering school he would join. Then, after learning more about civil engineering his freshman year and seeing all that it encompassed, he knew exactly what he wanted to pursue.
November 13, 2020

Purdue CE Undergrad Spotlight — Mackenzie Henson

For nearly all of her life, Mackenzie's family, teachers, and friends told her she was going to be an engineer one day. And they were right. Mackenzie is set to graduate this May and will become a construction engineer in Colorado.
October 12, 2020

Purdue CE Undergrad Spotlight — Chris Henderson

When Chris was looking for which university he wanted to go to, he knew it had to be somewhere he could both utilize his Naval ROTC scholarship and study in a strong engineering program — and Purdue's School of Civil Engineering is where he decided to go.
April 13, 2020

Purdue Civil Engineering Student Spotlights

Over the past two years, the Lyles School of Civil Engineering has highlighted 19 of its dedicated and outstanding students via Student Spotlights. These videos and stories showcase the incredible work they've done and impressive achievements they've earned - both in class and in their areas of interest.
March 11, 2020

Kelsey Vought — seeking environmental innovation

For as long as she can remember, Kelsey Vought said she has had a strong interest in studying and researching urban areas and the impacts they have on the environment. And, through Purdue Civil Engineering, she has been able to greatly expand her understanding of the topic and the challenges facing her future pursuits.
February 12, 2020

Dominique Oden — balancing athletics and academics

Purdue Women's Basketball shooting guard and Lyles School of Civil Engineering senior Dominique Oden said when choosing which university she would play basketball for, the most important thing to her was whether they had the major she wanted to pursue.
January 22, 2020

Paul Dawley — a desire to help

Lyles School of Civil Engineering senior Paul Dawley's emphasis area is in hydrology. Paul said what drew him to it was the timeliness of the discipline itself. With so much going on with climate change and population growth, Paul said the immense impact that water has on our day to day lives and the need to preserve it became a great interest of his.
December 2, 2019

Casey Rodgers — building beyond the challenges

Lyles School of Civil Engineering senior Casey Rodgers says she's always had an interest in science and engineering. But she discovered her passion for civil engineering in high school upon competing in the Science Olympiad where she joined the bridge-building team.
November 12, 2019

Ethan Edwards — advocate for clean water

Lyles School of Civil Engineering junior Ethan Edwards says he chose to study civil engineering because of his interest in water quality. He wants to ensure everyone has access to safe and clean drinking water and has already been involved in multiple water quality studies — including the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
October 10, 2019

Ben Bowman — undergraduate researcher

Lyles School of Civil Engineering senior Ben Bowman says he has a strong interest in both energy and transportation, so civil engineering was simply the possible fit for him. Ben also worked as an undergraduate researcher and was responsible for conducting stakeholder interviews and analyzing the national state of autonomous and connected vehicles.
September 17, 2019

Merrick Howarth — making the old new again

Merrick Howarth says she has always had a love for physics, science, and math — so, a career in civil engineering was a perfect fit for her. The idea of creating a space where people can live and enjoy also strongly appealed to her.
April 11, 2019

Joseph Horn — poised to make the next step

Purdue Civil Engineering undergrad Joseph Horn says he's always loved science, engineering, and the outdoors. Growing up near a creek, Joseph said he would always spend his time out there, building mini-dams and appreciating all the wonderful things nature had to offer.
February 19, 2019

Miranda Gollwitzer — expanding her horizons through GEARE

Lyles School of Civil Engineering undergraduate Miranda Gollwitzer said she has always been an outdoorsy person and enjoys working with other people — which is why she knew civil engineering would be a perfect match for her.
January 23, 2019

Collin Sweeney — following a Boilermaker family tradition

Purdue Civil Engineering undergraduate student Collin Sweeney has always had an interest in science, engineering, and the outdoors — and that's why geotechnical engineering was a perfect fit for him, he said. Collin is also heavily active in club activities and internships.
December 4, 2018

Emily Lazo-Wasem — researching what she loves

Emily chose civil engineering because of her love of science and nature. Growing up, Emily was surrounded by the woods where she developed a deep appreciation for the beauty and importance of the environment.
November 6, 2018

Tianlong Sun — international engineering student and sensational bass player

Lyles School of Civil Engineering senior Tianlong Sun chose civil engineering because he wanted to make a difference and help create a more sustainable world. Since coming to Purdue from Beijing, China, Tianlong has made great strides toward his goal — and also finds time to make new friends and play bass guitar in the Purdue Jazz Guitar Ensemble.
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