Michael Faison Hubbardson, Mass. / 23 Agricultural Engineering BS, 2015 Florida A&M University Field Engineer Kiewet Corporation, Goethals Replacement Bridge, New York/New Jersey I grew up in Boston and Orlando, where agriculture is not really “seen” in the traditional sense. The driving factors that led me to ag engineering are not based on growing up near farms or production facilities. I wanted to be an engineer before I even knew what engineering was! Creative as a child, I could craft anything from assorted materials—at six years old, an entire city of cardboard boxes!—and I could fix just about anything with a little elbow grease. In addition, as I grew older, my heart was continually stirred by those with less. For many years, my grandmother funded a child in a faraway country by providing the means for his food, shelter, and education. Like so many in thirdworld countries, he didn’t have the opportunities or amenities I enjoyed, and I was always circling around the question, “How can I help fix this, not for just for him, but for so many others in similar circumstances?” I found the answer through agricultural engineering: career creativity that is often paired with serving the less fortunate. I did an internship with the USDA National Resource Conservation Service as a soil conservationist in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., aiding the district conservationist with monitoring in-place conservational practices—row cropping, gully design, runoff structures, residue percentage, wells, checkout, forest services, and more. This experience in the Florida panhandle was mind opening, and it showed me my future in creative solutions coupled with serving others. Now graduated, I have been blessed to work for a great engineering firm, Kiewit, and I’m just beginning as a field engineer. I have always had a strong interest in infrastructures and water control facilities, which involve creative problem- solving approaches for the good of people. I can’t get any closer to what I imagined for my life.
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