"The CEE department at UC Berkeley has been my haven for exploration and growth. The hands-on nature of the construction program has allowed me to delve into real-world projects, from managing construction sites to developing cost-effective and sustainable building solutions."
Jacob Ahmed is a fourth year student involved with the Cal Construction team and is expected to graduate next spring.
Compiled by Pooja Nerkar
What got you into Civil & Environmental Engineering?
From my earliest memories, the world of construction has held a unique allure for me. The symphony of machines, the precision of structural design, and the tangible impact on the urban landscape all ignited a passion that would shape my educational and professional journey. Choosing to pursue a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley was a natural step, driven by a desire to contribute to the dynamic and ever-evolving field of construction.
What are your future career aspirations?
Looking ahead, my career aspirations center around making a tangible impact on the construction industry. I envision myself leading innovative projects that not only meet the highest standards of safety and efficiency but also embrace the principles of sustainable construction. UC Berkeley's emphasis on interdisciplinary learning has equipped me with a holistic understanding of the construction process, from planning to execution, positioning me to tackle the industry's challenges head-on.
Beyond the construction site, I am keenly interested in leveraging technology to drive advancements in construction methodologies. Exploring the integration of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems has become a focal point of my academic pursuits. I see these technological advancements not only as tools for efficiency but as catalysts for transformative change in how we approach construction in the 21st century.
How has the department helped foster your journey in construction engineering?
The CEE department at UC Berkeley has been my haven for exploration and growth. The hands-on nature of the construction program has allowed me to delve into real-world projects, from managing construction sites to developing cost-effective and sustainable building solutions. The challenges posed by complex construction scenarios have honed my problem-solving skills, and the collaborative environment has fostered a deep appreciation for teamwork and effective project management.
In conclusion, my journey in construction engineering at UC Berkeley has been an immersive and enriching experience. It has not only deepened my technical expertise but has also instilled in me a passion for innovation and a commitment to shaping the future of construction. Armed with the skills and insights gained from this esteemed program, I eagerly anticipate contributing to the dynamic landscape of construction with a focus on sustainability, efficiency, and technological integration.
Professor at Cal that made an impact on you?
Advice for prospective students interested in getting into the field?
Know why you want to do construction. Understand the impact the projects you work on have on society. It is hard work, but if you are not passionate about it, it won't be fun later on in the future.
Fun fact about you.
I go through a gallon of milk in 2-3 day on the regular.