Mark Greve Rochester, Minn. / 23 Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering BS, 2014 University of Minnesota Junior Scientist University of Minnesota, St. Paul When I visited UM as a high school senior, the campus tour leader described her major—bioproducts and biosystems—and I was instantly interested. She encouraged me to sign up for a onecredit intro course, and I fell in love with the BBE major subplan in environmental/ecological engineering. Later on, surveying on a stream during a class field trip and learning other basic assessment methods, it felt incredibly right. Then, working for the professor who led the trip, I saw a design I had produced near the north shore of Lake Superior brought to life in that beautiful landscape. I was hooked! I worked for the university for a summer after my junior year on projects pertaining to water quality, collecting data on streams, and working on a design for a retention basin for the ski hills near Lutsen, Minn. I designed a catchment that served about 40 acres and reduced the amount of sediment reaching the nearby Poplar River by about 75%. I also developed a watershed model for the entire lower Poplar River basin that estimated the amount of water and sediment delivered to the river based on slope, soil type, land cover, and rainfall intensity. After graduation, the professor asked me to stay on to help coordinate his projects. I planned to take a year off and head to grad school the following year—perfect timing! After finishing an MS, I will aim for a professional engineering license, perhaps work at a private consulting firm, and finally reach for a research professorship at a university to teach the next generation of engineers.
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