Friday, May 6, 2011
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP HELPING ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING STUDENT BUILD FUTURE CAREER
MANHATTAN -- Reid Lundin remembers spending most of the sixth grade drawing floor plans. His school yearbook even predicted he would go on to study architectural engineering at Kansas State University -- a prediction that is true today.
"I had my mind made up on what I've wanted to do for a long time," said Lundin, senior in architectural engineering, Manhattan.
Knowing what type of career he wants has paid off for Lundin, who has earned the 2011 Council of American Structural Engineers Scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The national scholarship is worth $1,500.
"It feels really good because the scholarship is directly related to my major," Lundin said. "I'm specializing in structural engineering, so to win the Council of American Structural Engineers national scholarship is worth more than the money -- it's good personal recognition."
The scholarship recognizes academic achievement and experience in structural engineering. To be eligible for the scholarship, Lundin also had to write a short essay about an engineer's role in the environment.
Lundin hopes to work for a consulting engineering firm in the Midwest when he graduates and would like to one day return to K-State to teach.
"I'm from Manhattan, I've always been around the university and it's where I want to end up eventually," he said.
Lundin is the vice president of K-State's Structural Engineers Association of Kansas and Missouri, and a member of the Architectural Engineering Institute. He is the son of Mark and Trasenda Lundin, Manhattan, and a 2007 graduate of Manhattan High School.