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Chris Wall: Mixing Fun with Academic Challenges

Christopher Wall, a senior in Civil & Environmental Engineering, is proud of the fact that he has been actively involved in the Concrete Canoe Club for three consecutive years. As president of the club this year, Chris has rallied his UConn teammates to prepare early for the New England ASCE Concrete Canoe competition at Wentworth Institute in March. Read Chris’s profile below:

Major: Civil Engineering

Year: Senior, expected graduation Spring ’07

High School: Hudson High School, MA

What attracted you to UConn?
“I was attracted to UConn because of its location, financial support, and well-roundedness. I didn’t want to go to school in a big city, and the best Massachusetts schools are located in Boston and typically over-priced. Upon visiting the UConn campus my senior year of high school, I was instantly impressed and knew this is where I could see myself for at least four years. UConn also offered me a lot of financial assistance, which will obviously attract any student. Also, UConn has it all and is well known throughout the country. UConn isn’t just an engineering school and isn’t solely focused on academics. We have great athletics and many programs that make the college experience very memorable.”

Impressions:
“My experience so far as an undergraduate engineer has been full of hard work but very rewarding. I feel I have learned a lot more than I would have if I chose a different major and have a lot more options available to me when I graduate. The department is well organize and always looking to improve itself. Teachers and faculty are very friendly and willing to help students whenever they are asked.”

What’s next?
Pass EIT Exam this spring; attend graduate school at UConn next fall; get a master’s degree in Structural Engineering in two years; work full-time in New England, preferably the Boston area; work toward getting PE license; eventually design buildings and/or bridges.

Beyond Academics

Intramurals: soccer, basketball, flag football
Societies: Tau Beta Pi – Secretary; ASCE – Vice President; Chi Epsilon – President
Steel Bridge Club – Vice President
Concrete Canoe Club – President

“I have been the only student who has been fully involved in the Concrete Canoe Club for the past three years. We hosted the competition my sophomore year and constructed the entire canoe with only five active members…As president, I have gotten the club off to a jump start this year and we will be prepared this year to compete at the regional competition at the end of March at Wentworth [Institute].”