Career Goals and Objectives

    I have worked as a general laborer, am currently an engineer-in-training, and aspire to become a professional engineer.  I see myself as starting off as a project engineer or construction manager, and then eventually becoming a senior vice president of a marine and/or geotechnical engineering/construction company.  

    I have a passion for construction and engineering.  I like doing the hard work, both physically and mentally.  I enjoy deadlines and high expectations because they push me to work harder and more efficiently.  In working, I excel because I create communication, collaboration, and have high integrity, and the ability to apply sound engineering judgment.

    Related Work Experience
    In the fall of 2011, I was awarded a research assistant position at the Western Transportation Institute (WTI).  WTI is the country's largest National University Transportation Center focused on rural transportation issues (http://www.wti.montana.edu/), and is affiliated with Montana State University (MSU).  The research project I am working on is called, "Relative Operational Performance of Geosynthetics Used as Subgrade Stabilization." I will be using this project for my thesis, which intends to cover: strain gaging techniques for geosynthetics, the measurable benefits of using geosynthetics, and the material properties that play important roles in geosynthetics.  There are 13 state DOT's that are funding this research, so it is evident that it is needed and will be beneficial to the engineering and construction communities.

    In the summer of 2011 to the present, I have been working for GeoStabilization, Inc (http://www.geostabilization.com/).  This job was, and still is (as of 10-02-2012) unique, intriguing, and extremely educational.  I travel throughout the United States servicing landslides and rockfalls, and also installing micropiles and shotcrete walls.  My main role has been a laborer; however, I will be introduced to the design side soon.

    In the fall of 2010, I was awarded a teaching assistant position at Montana State University for the geotechnical engineering and highway pavement labs.  For this position, I lecture and give a hands-on demonstration for the lab test that we perform for the given lab, assign a lab report, and then grade the lab submittals and provide the students with feedback.  I was a teaching assistant until May 2012.

    In the summer of 2010, I interned for Montana's Department of Transportation as a field engineer (inspector).  I was involved with many facets of heavy civil work such as surveying, earthwork, paving, and testing of concrete, soil, and asphalt.  I enjoyed this job a lot, and I am very grateful for the knowledge that I gained from MDT.
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