Purdue CE Undergrad Spotlight — Hannah Tomkins

Hannah Tomkins came to Purdue with a broad interest in civil engineering, but after she learned more about the Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering emphasis area it immediately appealed to her. The aspects of water quality and storm water management are so vital to this planet and it is something she said she wants to help preserve.

Hometown: Palatine, Illinois

Current year: Senior

Hannah's emphasis area is in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering and she has assisted Lyles School of Civil Engineering faculty in coastal research.
Hannah's emphasis area is in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering and she has assisted Lyles School of Civil Engineering faculty in coastal research.

Why I chose Purdue Civil Engineering

I’ve had an interest in civil engineering since around seventh grade when I was introduced to it through Project Lead The Way — a national program that helps introduce student to the wide variety of STEM courses and careers. From then on, I knew I wanted to pursue a civil engineering major — and I knew Purdue University was one of the best places in the world to achieve that.

Emphasis area

My emphasis area is in Hydraulics. I had a broad interest in civil engineering when I came to Purdue, but after I learned more about the specialty area, the more it appealed to me. The aspects of water quality and storm water management especially appealed to me. They — and water in general — are so vital to this planet and it’s something I want to help preserve.

Throughout her time at Purdue University, Hannah Tomkins has been a member of the Golden Silks Color Guard.
Throughout her time at Purdue University, Hannah Tomkins has been a member of the Golden Silks Color Guard.

Color guard

In addition to my interest in engineering, another big appeal in coming to Purdue was its color guard. I was a part of my color guard group in high school and I wanted to continue that in college. It has been a great experience here for me. I’ve made so many friends and have so many great memories.

After I graduate

After I graduate, I plan on entering the career field. I’ve already received a number of job offers early into my senior year and I feel like this is the best path for me. Purdue Civil Engineering has prepared me well through what I learned in class and in the SURF Program.

Throughout her time at Purdue University, Hannah Tomkins has been a member of the Golden Silks Color Guard.
Throughout her time at Purdue University, Hannah Tomkins has been a member of the Golden Silks Color Guard.