December 05, 2013
Professional Engineers in Industry Scholarship
Deadeline: April 1
Professional Engineers in Industry Scholarship is a $2,500 award. Applicants must be sponsored by a NSPE member. Students who are children, dependents, or relatives of NSPE members are given preference in the scholarship selection process. Students must have completed a minimum of two semesters or three quarters of undergraduate engineering studies (or be enrolled in graduate study) in a program accredited by the ABET.
2013 PEI Scholarship Award
My name is Nick Brandis and I am a sophomore engineering student at Northwestern University pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering, as well as a minor in Economics and a Managerial Analytics Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management. I'm looking to pursue a career in the construction and civil engineering industry with a focus on sustainable construction/design in the area of transportation and infrastructure. Hopefully someday I will own my own next-generation engineering firm that implements innovative, creative, and efficient practices.
After earning a 4.47/5.00 GPA through high school, I have continued my academic success, posting a 3.87/4.00 GPA thus far in my collegiate career. I've also continued my extracurricular and community involvement. In high school I played varsity baseball for three years (was co-captain), while being involved in multiple clubs and holding down a job through my last two years. At Northwestern, I've been involved in multiple groups on campus, many of which included a leadership role. These groups include the American Society of Civil Engineers (Northwestern Chapter), Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, Analytics Team in the Institute for Student Business Education, Northwestern Peer Advising, Club Baseball, and finally, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. In the local Evanston community, I've volunteered as a Project SOAR mentor at the YMCA for the past couple years (similar to a Big Brother program), and have been very active in the religious and philanthropic activities at the local Chabad House.
I've had plenty of professional experiences as well to strengthen my ability to succeed upon graduation. In high school, I served three different internships, two of which were business/financial related, and one with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Beginning last summer and continuing through today I have been a member of a civil engineering professor's research lab studying material science and structural engineering on the nanoscale level through molecular dynamics. This upcoming summer I will be a Field Engineer Intern for Kiewit, a national engineering contractor, working on an extension of the BART subway system in the San Francisco Bay Area. These professional experiences, along with my academic and extracurricular background should prepare me to excel in the professional engineering world.