Joshua Pryor ‘15

Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Cortland, Ohio

Minor: Mathematics

Baseball, Green Raiders and Engineering Club

Future Engineer

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Choosing UMU
I chose Mount Union because I heard that the school had started a new engineering program. Most engineering programs are at large universities, however, Mount Union is small, which offers students the ability to go talk to their professors if they are having trouble and get the attention they need. At Mount, combining a liberal arts education with engineering is very challenging because they are so different, but it enables us to think differently and be open to many subjects. I also saw an opportunity to continue playing baseball.

Civil Engineering
I chose civil engineering as my major because I have always been interested in infrastructure and its development. So far, my favorite class has been structural analysis because it was one of the first classes I took as an engineering student that had a direct application to working as an engineer. I started to realize the correlation between the material I was learning about and how to apply it to real world projects.

Caring Professors
I have established relationships with all of my professors, particularly my engineering professors. They always stop and talk to me no matter how busy they are, and are always interested in how my classes are going and what my future plans are. Dr. Hans Tritico is my favorite professor because he has done a lot to encourage me to consider different options regarding my future. He is also always open to ideas on how to improve classes so that we can learn materials that will benefit us when we begin working in the industry.

Building Foundations
Mount Union is preparing me for success by incorporating design projects in every engineering class that tie in with projects that are done in the industry. They have taught me to think outside of the box and develop professionally so that I am ready to begin my career after graduation.

Hands-on Learning
I went to Belize through the International Engineering course where I developed projects for the students at E.P. Yorke High School. It was an awesome experience interacting with the engineer and students there and helping them improve the school’s drainage problem, as well as contribute to their Eco-park.

Internship Opportunities
My first internship was with the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office and was introductory, but it got me excited about civil engineering. The second was with the Ohio Department of Transportation where I served as a construction inspector on five bridges, three culverts and 10 miles of asphalt paving. My most recent internship was with CESO, an engineering, construction management and environmental firm, at its Canton office. I worked on a survey crew, as well as contributed to projects in a variety of areas such as transportation plans for natural gas well pads and site development plans. All of these experiences have been very beneficial for class because I can visualize how things are constructed.

Supportive Place
My favorite place at Mount Union is the engineering computer lab because it is where we do all of our engineering projects. We can easily get help from our classmates there if we are stuck on a problem.

Future Goals
My ultimate career goal is to become a licensed engineer with a focus in construction. I would like to become a project engineer or estimator and oversee multiple projects, or possibly start my own construction company.

Mount Union is preparing me for success by incorporating design projects in every engineering class that tie in with projects that are done in the industry. They have taught me to think outside of the box and develop professionally so that I am ready to begin my career after graduation.

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