A strong construction program reputation and access to a large metropolitan area attracted Nevada student Skyler to Arizona State University. Before graduating, Skyler did much more than go to class:
Gained work experience and made industry connections through internships in Arizona, California and Nevada
Experienced a global perspective of sustainability during a semester in Australia, Summer Barrett Study in Costa Rica and volunteer work in El Salvador building a medical facility
Participated as a team member in the Associated Schools of Construction regional student competition, last year leading the design-build team to a first-place win
Performed research through Barrett, The Honors College
Skyler says he chose construction management over other engineering disciplines because he loves the interaction. “I can talk to the architect, meet with engineers, talk to subcontractors and explain how it all goes together to the owner. I can see the tangible effect of what I am doing come together on a daily basis,” he explains.
He chose Arizona State University, and specifically the Del E. Webb School of Construction program, because of its well-regarded reputation in the Southwest. He also says that being located in a large metropolitan area has been “an enormous advantage.”
“Being able to work with people in the industry while I am in school has greatly enhanced my education,” he says.
Barrett, The Honors College also played a large role, offering a smaller academic community and access to the resources of a large university at the same time.
“I got to know other students who had big goals in mind like my own. Working with them has definitely pushed me forward and helped me to attain more while I’ve been at ASU,” he says.
In addition to a major in construction management, Skyler minored in sustainability through the Global Institute of Sustainability and in business through the W.P. Carey School of Business.
Hands-on experience through student organizations
Skyler has participated in the Associated Schools of Construction annual student competition, known as the Reno Competition, for three years. In 2012, he was captain of the first place design-build team. “As a sophomore, I learned design build. This year I learned leadership,” he says.
The competition also gives participants the opportunity to make industry connections. Teams receive valuable hands-on coaching leading up to the event and often sponsorship from local companies. At the conclusion of the competition, all students have an opportunity to meet with leading employers at a job fair. Skyler says that the competition is well-recognized in the industry and that he, like many other students, has found internship opportunities through contacts made at the event.
He has had internships in Arizona, California and Nevada in past summers. He has worked as a project engineer for DPR Construction on the ASU Tempe campus building the new McCord Hall. He says internships “helped me to learn real world applications outside of the classroom that supplement what I learn while at ASU.”
Gaining an international perspective
Skyler has also taken advantage of the opportunity to gain an international perspective. He spent the fall semester of his junior year in Australia where he gained insight into the differences in how the Australian industry approaches sustainable building in comparison to the market in the U.S. This became the basis of his thesis for Barrett, The Honors College.
“The experience widened my view and helped me to understand ASU’s role as part of the global society,” he says. “I think we can learn from each other and develop ideas to improve our approach to sustainability.”
Skyler also spent a summer in Costa Rica through the Summer Barrett Study program and volunteers in El Salvador building a medical facility.
Skyler says that, “the best thing about ASU is that it has enabled me to pursue my passion of sustainable construction through a minor in sustainability at GIOS, honors research, internship experience and engineering coursework.” “ASU has paved the way for me to combine my education in engineering and sustainability and helped me to figure out how I can play a role within the construction industry,” he says.
“The best thing about ASU so far is that it has enabled me to pursue my passion of sustainable construction.”