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37: Civil Engineer Specializing in Remediation – Ken Mika

Ken Mika earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a masters in Engineering Management also from UW-Platteville and is currently an Operations Manager at O’Brien & Gere.

Ken provides a great overview of Civil Engineering career options and also talks a bit about research areas. He really likes that there are no typical days, every day is different and there is a mix of being in the field and also in the office.

During college you will take classes that you may never use after graduation but it teaches you how to just work through it and furthermore the text books tend to be black and white and you need to learn how to apply that knowledge to the real world.

Some really great advice is:
It does matter if if you make mistakes, you will make mistakes, it is how you rebound and learn form those mistakes that matters most.

Ken also received the “Young Engineer of the Year” award from STEM Forward

Favorite Book:
“Who Moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson

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