We love seeing our team members stay involved with their alma matter, especially giving back to the future engineers of our industry. This holds especially true for Sam Wise, PE, who is an alumni from the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR). See his recent involvement on the CREATE program, and his transition from land development to the sports engineering world.
Earlier this month , I had the privilege to sit on an engineering industry panel for the University of Nevada – Reno (UNR) College of Engineering. This panel was put together as part of the CREATE program: Creating Retention and Engagement for Academically Talented Engineers. This program funded by the National Science Foundation, supports students enrolled at the College of Engineering.
Representing the Civil Engineer on the panel, I was joined by other in fields including software/computer science, mechanical engineering, materials science, aerospace, electrical engineering, and environmental engineering. In a classroom with about 30 upcoming graduates, we discussed what a new graduate can expect in the industry, how to approach interviews, work-life balance, remote vs in-person work, and more. Sharing our personal experiences of working in industry helps the students imagine what to expect when moving away from a full academic driven lifestyle.
As an alumnus of UNR, graduating in the Fall of 2015, I quickly moved into the consulting industry with my first job as a civil designer in land development in December 2015. There I worked to obtain me PE license and sharpen my skills as a designer & engineer. I ended that role with transitioning over to Lloyd Sports + Engineering in September 2020, which utilizes a fully remote work environment. During the panel I was able to share my unique experience of going from an in-person work environment to one that is fully remote and discuss concerns that new graduates when entering the work industry. Events like this help usher the next generation of engineers to their future careers so that they may be better suited to serve themselves and the community.
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The University of Nevada – Reno began a complete overhaul to Hixson Softball Complex with the conversion of their softball field to synthetic turf. This field renovation success is a direct result of the collaborative partnership between Lloyd, JK Architecture Engineering, and University of Nevada – Reno. The project comes as the first phase of the renovation, with a new fieldhouse, press box, bleachers, and concessions planned in the near future.