Werner Parrilla '11
"In the beginning, I was torn among getting a civil, mechanical or computer degree, but in the end, I fell in love with civil engineering. You create prominent structures that have a tremendous impact in peoples' lives."
Civil and environmental engineering and economics: College Park, Md.
"I was introduced to Bucknell by the Posse Foundation and very attracted to the school because of the strong engineering programs, especially in civil and environmental engineering. I found a home here."
"In the beginning, I was torn about getting a degree in civil, mechanical or computer engineering, but in the end, I fell in love with civil engineering. You create prominent structures that have a tremendous impact in peoples' lives. I'm also double majoring in econ. The mindset to solving problems is completely different, and while it provides solutions that are imprecise at best, it also gives you tools to solve problems the engineering method never could solve. In econ, you make assumptions based on a gut feeling rather than having a million different variables you can't solve for. For example, in the model of open economics in macroeconomics, we take the assumption that labor and capital is fixed. That's not even close to being true, but it gives us a model that describes what happened in the past and helps us predict fluctuations in the future."
"For my first two years here, I was the class representative for the American Society of Civil Engineers. I participated in the Social Justice Residence Hall. I play intramural soccer whenever I get the chance.
"Last summer I worked at the National Nuclear Security Administration within the Department of Energy. The U.S. has a nuclear stockpile that it needs to keep safe — I did defense and security. I was involved with doing cost analysis and feasibility studies for increasing security protocols during in the upgrade in one of the storage sites. It was amazing."
Posted feb. 1, 2010