CE Undergrad Spotlight — Laura Gustafson
Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana
Current year: Senior
Laura is set to graduate from the Lyles School of Civil Engineering in May where she will then work as a consultant in Indianapolis.
Why I chose Purdue Civil Engineering
It wasn’t really until my senior year of high school that I started thinking about going into engineering. I always had an interest in the environment and working toward improving the community and the lives of the people living in them, and I was searching for how, exactly, I could align a career with that. After doing a bit of research I found Purdue University’s College of Engineering to be what would help me find that path. Once I was here, I quickly became interested in water resources and environmental engineering — and the Lyles School of Civil Engineering not only gave me the opportunity to study those areas, but also join a research team to deepen my understanding.
My emphasis areas are in Environmental Engineering and Hydraulics & Hydrology. I believe the best way I can make a difference and pursue my passions is through working to improve water infrastructure systems and ensuring a more sustainable future for everyone.
One of Laura's most memorable experiences, she says, was her Maymester in Singapore.
In addition to my studies, internships, and research assistantship, I am also an active member in several campus and community organizations. I currently serve as president of Chi Epsilon, and my other involvements include the Purdue Student Sustainability Council, Honors College Mentor Program, and League of Women Voters. While I believe my work and research are key to making an impact, I also strongly believe active community engagement is just as important for societal advancement.
Laura says she has a passion for studying water and the environment because they are two of the biggest factors in ensuring the health of this world.
After I graduate
After I graduate in May, I will enter the career field where I will work as a consultant in Indianapolis.
As an undergraduate research assistant, Laura was able to present her work at conferences.