Kevin Murray, BS Civil Engineering
Hometown: West Stockbridge, Mass.
My goal after graduation is to design, build and repair bridges across the U.S. I've always been fascinated by the aesthetics of bridges and the immense calculations required to be sure they stay up. It's a huge challenge to build a bridge; there are so many ways to go about it.
You may not know this, but, 75 years ago, bridges were designed to last an average of 50 years. I recently — finally — got to see the Tappan Zee Bridge, which spans the Hudson River near New York City. It was designed for a 100-year lifespan. During my career, I’m going to look for opportunities to lead teams designing bridges like that — where my name and the names of those on my teams are on the construction documents and, therefore, forever in history.
Why Clarkson? I chose Clarkson because it felt right the moment I stepped on campus. I fell in love with the warm, welcoming people; the awesome job placement rate; the open campus and the approachable staff and faculty, who combine theory with practical research and experiences. Next spring I will graduate with a BS in Civil Engineering, and I am on track to attend graduate school at Clarkson in the fall to pursue an ME in Civil Engineering.
Being a student at Clarkson has helped me grow. Because I like a challenge and would rather be busy, I’ve chosen to take overloads in coursework. During my time at Clarkson, I made lasting friendships and connections. I've also become more confident in my problem-solving abilities and in speaking with employers and co-workers. As an undergraduate, I interned with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in the maintenance division, and, before starting graduate school, I will intern at Slate Hill Constructors, Inc., located near Syracuse, N.Y.
Clarkson has helped me to gain skills in business, as well as in engineering. I’m treasurer for the Clarkson Union Board; we host and co-host major campus events, such as FallFest, the fall concert. Although unplanned, hockey has been a big part of my Clarkson University experience. I love the game-time atmosphere in Cheel Arena and go to every men's and women's game. Some players have started to recognize me! As for other activities, I'm involved in High Dive (playing ultimate Frisbee), the Student Advisory Council and the Construction Engineering Management Program, which allows me to experience what it’s like to be in charge of construction. All in all, I feel prepared, with the right mind-set and skill set to go after my goals.