“According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the overall infrastructure of our country is a “D.” This striking problem led me to select the GCSP challenge, “To restore and improve urban infrastructure.” Throughout the program, my favorite accomplishments were starting Tech’s recycling program, working on a solar powered water purifier, and tutoring STEM students. Upon graduating, I went to Oklahoma State University for a master’s degree in civil engineering focusing on structures. My research primarily involved shrinkage of newly rehabilitated bridges in Oklahoma. This opportunity was great as I was able to study the causes of rider discomfort and offer solutions. My experience in the GCSP allowed me to have a more diverse outlook on this project, which helped me to better conduct my research.
In 2016, I had the opportunity to speak at the National Academy of Engineering GCSP Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Speaking at the event was a great honor as I was able to share my experiences with others. That same year, I had a mentee complete the program at Louisiana Tech, which was an amazing feeling as I witnessed the program come full circle. In 2018, I continued my commitment to better the world by Co-Leading an Engineers Without Borders group that built a bathroom in Colani, Bolivia. The GCSP emphasizes the importance of multicultural and social consciousness competency. And with the sanitation project, I was able to leave a community better than how I found it. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend this program for anyone looking to make a difference and grow as a professional.”