ECS Interns Have GRIT

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We’ve had the pleasure of hosting some amazing interns this summer! As we say goodbye and wish them well for the coming school year, we’re checking in to hear from a few about their experience.


Name:  Danish Ali

School:  Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, MO

Degree studying:  PhD in Mining Engineering

Where are you from?  Missouri (Originally from Pakistan)

What has surprised you about working at ECS?

The working environment. It’s amazing; managers are friendly. They don’t treat you as a mere subordinate. Everyone is so helpful, always trying to make you comfortable and they are always there to help you whenever you need it.

What advice or tips do you have for anyone thinking about interning with ECS?

You need to be willing to learn new stuff because you are learning something new each and every day here. Don’t be afraid to ask anything from anyone because everyone here wants you to learn and succeed.


Name:  Kaelin Peart

School:  University of Florida

Degree studying:  Civil Engineering

Where are you from?  South Florida

What interested you in ECS?

I enjoyed the idea of working closely with the head engineer to kick-start a new office. It meant I had the opportunity to experience a variety tasks, from lab testing, field work, reporting and everything in-between.

What is the coolest thing you have done so far?

I was able to help design a helix pile for a project that had foundation issues. It was cool because my work brought a solution to a real problem. I’m not just an intern at the office who they need to find work for. Working alongside my supervisor was also a positive because we get along very well. I look forward to working at ECS every day.


Name:  Matt Rech

School:  Penn State University

Degree studying:  Civil Engineering

Where are you from?  Pittsburgh, PA

What is the coolest thing you have done so far?

Being part of constructing buildings in my community.

What advice or tips do you have for anyone thinking about interning with ECS?

You might not be an expert now, but by paying attention there is a great amount of knowledge that can be gained through working on-site.


Name:  Sandip Gupta

School:  University of Mississippi

Degree studying:  Civil Engineering

Where are you from?  Oxford, MS (Originally from Nepal)

What made you interested in field/degree?

Working out in the field and facing new challenges everyday amuses me. I have always been curious about construction of structures and how it is completed from scratch. Volunteering in construction of small houses for homeless people, back in Nepal when it was hit by major earthquake, has driven me to pursue my career in construction.

What do you hope to do in the future and how is ECS helping to make that happen?

In the long run I want to see myself supervising construction projects. Leading a project is not easy and requires a number of steps. ECS is guiding me by giving me an opportunity to visit different sites. These sites help me understand real world engineering hurdles and the approach to tackle them.


Name:  Prathamesh Sanjay Pawar

School:  The University of Texas at Arlington

Degree studying:  Master’s in Construction Management

Where are you from?  India (Currently residing in Arlington, TX)

What made you interested in Construction Management?
I have always been fascinated with learning about the construction of huge, vertical structures and the methodology and materials used to withstand the tons of load. Pursuing construction management will not only help me learn at the ground level on the construction sites, but will help me solve all my queries and learn under the brightest minds in the field.

What do you hope to do in the future and how is ECS helping to make that happen?
I am eager to learn many new methodologies to plan a structure, execute it and maintain the quality of building material by various on-site material testing. I hope to continue along the same path in the future, which will make me a proud and technically strong field person.

ECS’ internship program offers opportunities for hands-on experiences to build skills outside the classroom, as well as life-long connections along the way. Plan your future like Danish, Kaelin, Matt, Sandip and Prathamesh. Look for us this Fall, when we will be virtually visiting a college near you; contact us for more information. We look forward to meeting you!