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Engineering Outreach


Ambassadors in Action The Durham School Student Ambassador Outreach Program is a student-led initiative to promote architectural engineering, construction engineering, and construction management among high school students.
Student representatives visit local and regional high schools, everywhere from Omaha to Kansas and beyond. Interactive presentations are given about these engineering fields and the opportunities each program presents. As a result, high school students’ eyes are opened to the many exciting options of an AE, ConE, or CM degree while Ambassadors show that engineering degrees are feasible (and enjoyable!) and involve more than simply drafting or construction work.
Our Durham Ambassadors are students who enjoy talking with high school students while answering questions, providing advice, and sharing their passions about their majors. The presentations are strictly limited to engineering outreach and are not recuitment based. The presentations are interactive and meant to serve as a bridge between classroom theory and the application of math, science, and communication skills in the engineering career field.
If you are a high school teacher in the subjects of math, physical science or industrial technology, or you are a career guidance counselor, and wish to schedule a presentation, contact Brett Meyer: bmeyer5@unl.edu, (402) 554-2089. We look forward to hearing from you.
Had that ambassador never talked to my class, I never would have known about the Durham School and can assure you I would be spending my undergraduate years somewhere else.
Samantha Anderson    AE Student

Meet Our Ambassadors

Caitlin Anderson

Caitlin Anderson

Major: Architectural Engineering Major

Year in Program: 5th Year

Hometown: Omaha

High School: Millard West High School

Hobbies: Reading, cleaning, or watching Netflix, being outside - having BBQs, playing yard games, or walking my dog. Most important is spending time with my friends and laughing!

Advice for Students Interested in Engineering: Jump in with both feet! It can be very intimidating and overwhelming, but you can always seek out help from professors and create relationships with other students. Those friendships will be your saving grace for when things get tough. Never be afraid to ask for help, work very hard, and always keep your eyes on the end goal!

Carter Anderson

Carter Anderson

Major: Architectural Engineering Major

Year in Program: 1st Year

Hometown: Omaha

High School: Millard West High School

Hobbies: I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing golf, and video games.

Advice for Students Interested in Engineering: Involve yourself in the outreach programs the college or university have to offer. If there is a career fair for engineering, see if you can go to meet companies. It's tough to know what's out there if you don't involve yourself.

Samantha Anderson

Major: Architectural Engineering Major

Year in Program: 2nd Year

Hometown: Omaha

High School: Millard West High School

Hobbies: Some of my favorite hobbies include painting, yoga, and playing sports.

Advice for Students Interested in Engineering: I would have to advise students interested in engineering to first look at all of the programs available, and second look at the types of careers you can get with those programs. I find one of the best motivators to attend class and work hard is the pay off you'll receive when you can finally obtain the job you're striving for.

Rosie Gensichen

Rosie Gensichen

Major: Construction Management Major

Year in Program: 1st Year

Hometown: Omaha, NE

High School: Omaha Marian High School

Hobbies: I love to run and compete, big into music, playing piano and finding newest songs on the market.

Advice for Students Interested in Engineering: My advice for any students interested in Engineering is follow your dream. Do not shy away from what your mind is telling you! We all start in the same spot, and it is up to you to work hard to achieve success.

Marissa Gigantelli

Marissa Gigantelli

Major: Architectural Engineering Major

Year in Program: 2nd Year

Hometown: Columbia, MO

High School: Westside High School

Hobbies: I love music and Netflix

Advice for Students Interested in Engineering: It is all about who you know, it is important to make those connections early on, whether its with a fellow student, someone in the industry, or even a teacher. If you have people who believe you will achieve great things, then they will help you do it!

Derek Harris

Derek Harris

Major: Construction Engineering Major

Year in Program: 2nd Year

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

High School: Lincoln Southeast High School

Hobbies: Working out, hanging out with friends, Netflix, and watching Husker football

Advice for Students Interested in Engineering: Be confident in yourself that you have what it takes to be an engineer, and stay focused on your studies.

Emily Kadavy

Emily Kadavy

Major: Construction Management Major

Year in Program: 3rd Year

Hometown: York, NE

High School: York High School

Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, running, and hanging out with friends.

Advice for Students Interested in Engineering: Try it. If you think that it's something you would enjoy and be good at, odds are you're right. It may seem like a hard path to take, but it's worth it. If you do try it, then my biggest piece of advice would be to not overlook the people around you. Make friends with your classmates and help each other, go to your teachers (they really are there to help), and get involved.

Sarah Reinholz

Sarah Reinholz

Major: Architectural Engineering and Construction Management

Geoffrey Wright

Geoffrey Wright

Major: Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering

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