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Michael Blasy

Civil Engineering

For Michael, it was Lego toys. He liked the creativity of building something large out of little pieces. He thought that becoming an engineer would be a good way to build things that would make the world a better place.

Then he did a summer internship working with water systems and saw how his technical skills could help create a healthy, active community.

On a visit to a nearby water treatment plant, he was inspired by watching the entire process of water being pulled from the Columbia River, purified, and piped out to faucets in area homes. "We take our supply of clean water for granted here in the U.S.-but some countries have reduced life expectancies because of unsanitary water," he says. "Engineers are the unsung heroes who bring health to entire communities with what they do."

To Michael, engineering is learning how the world works and then applying that knowledge to making it a safer and easier place to live.

He sees a bright future for engineering jobs, as baby-boomer engineers retire and create an employment vacuum.

CIVIL ENGINEERING

If you've ever stared at a glass of tapwater and wondered how drinkable water can flow through miles of city pipes and right out of your faucet, you could be a Civil Engineer. In fact, the only reason we have running water at all is because some Civil Engineering-minded people millennia ago put their brains and wills into making it happen.

CEs DEAL WITH ENGINEERING PROBLEMS ON A VAST SCALE. Civil engineers design the infrastructure of modern civilization. They create traffic and subway systems, plan clever ways to care for our natural world and design efficient communities with essential water treatment and supply systems. They design the structural systems of the buildings we live and work in and the bridges over which we travel. Civil engineers also design dams, dikes and canals for flood prevention and drinking water storage. If you want to make a difference for the planet and society in a massive way, consider Civil Engineering.