Kyle List '11
If you talk to senior Kyle List about his Clarkson experience, there’s one word that will surely keep coming up – diversity.
Why? Because through his courses, his major and his extracurricular and hands-on activities, he has found some form of this word to ring true in just about every way at Clarkson.
It started when he was a freshman and wasn’t sure what engineering discipline he would like at first. After a year of learning about the different engineering majors, Kyle finally decided on civil engineering because it was one of the most diverse fields to get into.
“Civil engineering opens up a lot of doors to a variety of fields,” the East Falmouth, Mass., native explains. “It’s the right fit for me because in real-world practice it involves large-scale applications that people see on a daily basis. I like the impact I can have.”
Diversity was also the theme when it came to choosing courses in civil engineering. “The best part about the civil engineering program at Clarkson is the large selection of courses. It also helps that the professors are very accessible. They can steer you towards courses you might be interested in,” he says.
Similarly, Kyle has been able to apply what he has learned in the classroom to a variety of internship, research and extracurricular opportunities.
For two summers, he was an intern for Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, where he explored how civil engineering is used to sustainably protect coastal industries. He also spent one summer as a student fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. There, he performed a summer-long research project on the coastal physics of waves interacting with the beach.
On the Steel Bridge SPEED (Student Projects in Engineering Experience & Design) team, Kyle has been able to build his broad base of skills and knowledge even more. Each year, he and his team design and fabricate a 20-foot long bridge and then put their bridge to the test against other universities in New York state. “On the Steel Bridge team, I have to incorporate many of the concepts I’ve learned in my courses. It’s a great hands-on opportunity,” he says.
Looking ahead, Kyle is continuing to keep his options open, with plans to work in the fields of hydrology and water resources engineering and attend graduate school. With his love of diversity, we wouldn’t be surprised if he did all three.