Athens, OH 31 October 2020 –
One of the student organizations I am part of is the American Society of Civil Engineers. One kind of event I like to attend is presentations from guest speakers. For every bi-weekly meeting, they usually invite a working professional in a civil engineering profession to come and talk about what they do. With the broadness of civil engineering, there is so much that one can do or specialize in. So, this is a great way to be informed as to what is out there for a civil engineer.
This semester, one of the guest speakers invited was the Athens City Engineer who shared some of the projects he is involved in, including the recently finished Richland Avenue Passageway project. This was especially interesting since it was done on West Green where the Russ College is located. He talked about the challenges faced through the planning, design, and construction process as well as the successes.
During such events, the speakers are very open to any question us students may have such as why they chose to be a civil engineer and if this is what they expected to be doing once they graduated. With a lot of them being recent graduates one can easily relate to them as they have been in our shoes and they know what is like. Being part of this organization has helped me know more about the specialties in Civil Engineering and has expanded my network by meeting other civil engineering students.