Bryan Smith, '11


2011 Water Resources Management and
Environmental Engineering Graduate

COMPANY:
Trigon Associates Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana

POSITION:
Graduate Engineer





Post-bac

Completed Master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Basic thesis topic: "Concentration of Natural Organic Matter (NOM) using Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Electrodialysis (ED) for Large Scale Chemical and Biological Characterization of Disinfection Byproducts (DBP) Mixtures."

Previous Position

Graduate student/ Research Assistant

Preparedness

I believe that Central State University has prepared me for the academic rigor of graduate school. CSU taught me the fundamentals of math, science, engineering. I have been able to apply these fundamentals to perform adequately on the graduate school level. Concepts learned through the WRM/ENE curriculum (including math, engineering and science requirements) have shown up in my grad level courses and research.

While at Central State University

In addition to being prepared academically, Central State University launched me into business leadership. While at CSU, I served as the president for the ENE/WRM club, Mr. College of Business and Industry and helped to develop and implement the campus recycling program. Within the first year of my graduate studies, I was nominated to the Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Council (EES GSAC) and subsequently voted in as chairman. As the chairman, I was able to upgrade the computer labs, organize social events and upgrade the program's lab safety protocols. I attribute these successes to mentorship from CSU faculty and staff.

Final Thoughts

Studying is the key to academic success.

When I want to study for a course, I have to set aside 2-4 hours at a time. When I sit down and start reading my notes or the textbook, the first 15-20 minutes is usually slow moving. After that, I begin to dig into the specific problem or topic. This is where time can fly by. It is common to spend two or three hours studying one equation or section of a lecture. When you dig into a topic, you will begin to understand it well. Take the time to dig in and know the material. If you can succeed at Central State University, you can succeed anywhere!!!