Collin Sweeney — following a Boilermaker family tradition
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Current year: Senior
Collin is a member of the Purdue chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Why I chose Civil Engineering
I have always had an interest in science, engineering, and the outdoors. Geology was something that especially resonated with me. Throughout my 10 years as a 4-H member, I loved going outdoors and participating in geology projects, especially identifying rocks and hunting for fossils. With civil engineering, I am able to pursue my interests in both engineering and studying the earth.
My emphasis area is geotechnical engineering. I’ve always had a great interest in studying the interaction between natural and built environments and geotechnical engineering allows me to do exactly that.
Collin trains Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) leaders. BGR takes place the week before fall classes begin, and Purdue encourages all incoming students to take part. Incoming freshmen learn about campus traditions, Purdue culture and University resources. It's also a great chance to make lasting friendships and learn how to be a successful Boilermaker.
My grandfather was the first member of my family to attend Purdue, graduating in 1947 with a degree in forestry. Since then, 15 of my other family members — including both of my parents — have graduated from Purdue. So, when it was time to choose which university to attend, I knew exactly where I wanted to go — and I’m content with my decision to come to West Lafayette.
After I graduate
I plan to pursue a Master’s Degree in the fall. I want to further my studies in geotechnical engineering so that when I leave school, I’ll have the knowledge and experience to pursue the career path I want.
Collin participated in the 21st Century Transportation study abroad course.