Degree: BS Ecological Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013
Engineer Technician at Waterways Consulting: Assisting with field work, technical studies, and design work for stream and wetland restoration.
How did OSU prepare you for your job?:
OSU prepared me through basic engineering coursework and through extracurricular activities. I tried to take advantage of opportunities that allowed me to gain experience and meet people in the restoration field. I learned valuable information and made connections through Ecological Engineering Student Society (EESS), Mary's River Watershed Council, and through working for Desiree Tullos's River Engineering and Restoration Lab.
Favorite Memory from OSU:
I think my favorite memories are from the times I got to spend outside! Whether that be field work for Desiree's River Engineering & Restoration lab, outdoor lab classes for Limnology class, or being outside for Ecological Engineering Lab...they are all fond memories.
Advice to current students:
Get involved to learn new skills and make connections. Every little piece of experience and every connection (no matter how distant) helps in the end. I know student life is busy but try to make time to volunteer and get involved with student clubs or organizations.
Go to Engineers without Borders meetings and find out what you can do. Contact the local watershed council, soil and water conservation district, or Willamette Riverkeepers to see how you can help. Join list serves of interesting networks to see how you can get involved. Contact local professionals and set up informational interviews to see if they have any ideas about networks you can join or things you can do to get experience or meet interesting people! Volunteer experience is relevant experience and much easier to find than paid experience.
Depending on what your career goals are, try to take classes that get you practical skills (e.g. surveying, CAD drafting, or GIS if possible).