Joseph Horn — poised to make the next step
Hometown: Chesterton, Indiana
Current year: Senior
Joseph minored in land surveying and says he loves maps.
Why I chose Civil Engineering
I've always loved science, engineering, and the outdoors. I grew up near a creek so I would always spend my time out there, building mini-dams and just appreciating all the wonderful things nature had to offer. So, ever since I was a little kid, I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to work outdoors and include my love of science and engineering.
My emphasis area is in environmental engineering with a minor in land surveying. Like I said before: I wanted to be an engineer who works outside as often as possible and environmental engineers do just that. My goal is to work and travel around the country as I help make America greener.
I also love maps and surveying so I really wanted to minor in land surveying as well. Right now, America has a massive need for more civil engineers and land surveyors are among the most sought-after engineers.
Joseph is involved in several student groups.
Working with wind
After I graduate this May, I'll be going to work for Infrastructure & Energy Alternatives (IEA) and I'll be a project engineer in wind farms. Working outside and helping further develop green energy in the United States is exactly what I've always wanted to do and I'm excited to start working there later this year.
Looking further beyond
For now, I am looking forward to working with IEA and seeing much of the country through my work. I want to continue this work for, at least, the next five years or so. After that, I'd like to focus on wetland restoration or environmental remediation — that way I can still pursue my passion and settle down in one location.
Joseph said what sparked his passion for engineering and the outdoors at an early age was his growing up near a creek.