|Home Address||1234 Van Voorhis Road|
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
|Street Address||1234 Van Voorhis Road|
|Address Line 2||Apt C7|
|ZIP / Postal Code||26505|
|State / Province||West Virginia|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||West Virginia University|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||Bachelors Degree, West Virginia University, 2019, Civil Engineering|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||Masters Degree, Civil Engineering|
|Adviser Name||John Zaniewski|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Adviser Address||395 Evansdale Drive|
PO Box 6103
Morgantown, West Virginia University 26506
|Street Address||395 Evansdale Drive|
|Address Line 2||PO Box 6103|
|ZIP / Postal Code||26506|
|State / Province||West Virginia University|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
My interest with asphalt started in my junior year of my undergraduate career. I was taking a Civil and Environmental Engineering Materials course, and I was particularly interested in the topic of asphalt. Throughout the rest of my undergraduate career, I focused on studying and working with Civil Engineering materials, and I am now pursuing a graduate degree in asphalt technology. I worked on a project with my adviser during my final semester of my undergraduate career considering the weight of asphalt distributor trucks driving on specific road types. Even though I was just recording the weights of trucks for the specific types of roads and comparing the trucks that were considered overweight to the properly loaded trucks, it was interesting to learn about the effects of overweight trucks on the asphalt pavements.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
I have had many previous experiences with the highway industry. I have had three internships with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, each one being in a separate summer of my undergraduate career. Through each internship, I was fortunate enough to be placed on projects in the field. There I was able to see civil engineering projects take place, and from there, it solidified my focus on working with the transportation side of civil engineering. My first summer working with the West Virginia Department of Transportation was so great for learning about the industry. I was able to observe a bridge overlay project. There, I not only got to see a bridge deck get stripped away of the old concrete and replaced with new concrete, but also got to witness the approach slab being placed. I was amazed at how quickly the new asphalt could be placed and traffic could immediately travel on it. The following summer as an intern for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, I worked on a rehabilitation project of bridge piers with a Fiber Reinforced Polymer wrap. This involved replacing the reinforcement and concrete of the piers and then wrapping them in the Fiber Reinforced Polymer wrap. The last summer with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, I was on a temporary bridge project. This experience included watching an Acrow modular steel bridge be erected and set in place for an emergency bridge replacement project that was to be built and set in place in under one month. Additionally, during my last semester of my undergraduate career, I worked as an intern for the company Pennoni. There, I was placed to review sets of plane and performing calculations of various roadway projects. Currently, my graduate studies are focused toward the highway industry, as I am researching the different effects of various amounts of skid aggregates in asphalt pavements and how they affect skid resistance.
|List your academic awards and honors|
Throughout my undergraduate career, I was a member of the Honors College at West Virginia University. Upon graduation, I was recognized as Magna Cum Laude, University Honors Scholar for my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. I have also passed The Fundamentals of Engineering exam for my EI certification, which I take as a great award or honor of academia. Throughout my undergraduate career, I was on the dean's list for a majority of the semesters, and I was on the President’s List for the last three semesters. The President’s List is for students obtaining a 4.0 GPA in a single semester. I was involved with many extracurricular activities, with which I like to consider in awards. I was the captain of my college’s concrete canoe team for two years, and I was very proud of my team both years for working hard to earn third place in the regional competition during my junior year of college as captain. During my senior year of college, I was captain of the team again, and I was able to lead the team to placing second in the regional competition. I was particularly proud of these awards, as West Virginia University has only placed as high as fourth place in the competition in recent years.
|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
I have always been very interested in building things and doing hands on activities. I grew up playing with Legos and building all types of structures with them, which was probably an indication that I would one day have a career in Civil Engineering. Through my undergraduate career, I was involved with the materials side of Civil Engineering because I liked beginning with an idea and putting it into action. Not only was it an extracurricular activity, but being on the concrete canoe team was a great interest of mine. I enjoyed coming up with ideas with my team members and then building the canoe from bow to stern of the boat. Afterwards we would race the concrete canoe with other schools in the surrounding areas. Outside of school, I like to do different crafts at home or play soccer with my friends. I am always trying to find a new type of craft to make, as I love the challenge of learning new skills, and I like to see the end result of the projects. I also like to play sports, whether it’s intramural sports at the university or just a random game with my friends. I played soccer in high school as the goalkeeper and normally play in that position today, which is a great challenge in itself, but helping my team win is a great accomplishment to me. I love activities and hobbies that present a challenge and show an end result.
|List your school activities|
Starting my sophomore year of college, I was heavily involved with West Virginia University's chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I started just as a member of ASCE, and then soon after joining, I became the Outreach Coordinator for the organization. After that position, I became President of the chapter and the Captain of the chapter’s Concrete Canoe Team. In my graduate career, I am not an officer or leader in this organization anymore, but I am still involved with the Concrete Canoe Team in aiding the new captains with their canoe. I am also a member of West Virginia University’s chapter of Chi Epsilon. Chi Epsilon is the American civil engineering honor society. I held the officer role of Editor during my senior year.