Undergraduate Spotlights

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.
October 9, 2018

Darryl Sexton — returning to school and leading the class

Purdue Civil Engineering undergrad Darryl Sexton earned his first degree in computer information systems in 2000. However, after a few years into his career, Darryl said he knew there was something else out there for him. And, thanks to a documentary on some of the world's biggest structures, Darryl discovered what he truly wanted to pursue and where he would go to earn his second degree.
February 14, 2018

Annie Chen — student service, youth education, creating opportunities

Lyles School of Civil Engineering undergraduate student Annie Chen chose her major because she enjoys the idea of building and seeing her ideas take physical form. She is also involved in several student groups on campus and has interned for some of the biggest companies in the world.
January 17, 2018

Mia Sheppard — study abroad, internships, and community service

Lyles School of Civil Engineering undergraduate student Mia Sheppard says she wants to use her education to help shape the world. "I chose civil engineering because I wanted to make an impact and really make a difference when I graduate," she said. "I know Purdue Civil Engineering will give me the education, skills, and connections necessary to succeed."
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