Baseline is proud to support future engineers at Colorado State University’s (CSU) College of Engineering. This year the Baseline Engineering Scholarship was awarded to three students. These students met the following criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduate student within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Majoring in Civil/Environmental Engineering
  • Minimum overall 2.75 GPA
  • Preference given to students from rural communities covering a six-state region

The recipients this year were Erika O’Rourke, Tyler Pastor, and Cody Volt.

Erika O’Rourke is a senior at CSU, majoring in civil engineering. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers without Borders.

Erika O’Rourke

“I intend to work at an engineering firm full time once I graduate. I want to work my way up from a field engineer to a project manager and get the opportunity to work on many different projects within the civil industry. I am very interested in Green Building. I took an environmental sociology class my freshman year of college and I realized how important it is to preserve and protect our environment. I wanted to figure out how I could apply sustainability into my major, and had planned on pursuing a minor in global environmental sustainability. However, I was unable to fit that into my schedule. Instead, I plan on pursuing LEED certification and using that certification to build more sustainable structures. During my time in Engineers without Borders, I was able to work alongside a certified engineer to aid him in designing an Earth Ship. This is a fully sustainable building made of recycled material. It was a unique project, but one that had a huge impact and taught me a lot.  I hope that one day I will get to work on large projects that have a positive impact to society as well as the environment.”

Tyler Pastor is a senior at CSU, majoring in civil engineering. He is an ASCI College of Engineering Senator, and a member of CSU Engineering Council and CSU Steel Bridge Team.

Tyler Pastor

“As a civil engineering major, I am excited about the future of mining and the distribution of resources. Mining is among the oldest of human professions and one of only two methods of how new material is given to society (the other is farming). The world population is going to grow, and the need for new minerals and alloys with it. In order to keep up with the increasing demand, the mining industry is going to see some major changes in my lifetime. I am given the opportunity to see mining at a magnitude never experienced on the planet ever before. Over my lifetime, I am going to see so much happen to revamp the mining industry that I want to come forward and do my part. As the climate warms in coming decades, resources will be more and more difficult to distribute especially water. Water is very important because we fully do not understand the implications of a warming climate. Places, such as California, may receive increases in rain, while deserts in the southwest may grow. Society is going to need to be ready to adapt to changing water distribution by rerouting resources to population centers at increasing rates. This is going to be the largest ongoing engineering project in history, one that will need all available planning and brainpower.”

Cody Volt is a senior at CSU, majoring in civil engineering. He is a member of Chi Epsilon – Civil Engineering Honor Society and American Society of Civil Engineers.

Cody Volt

“Within the civil engineering field, there are two specific areas that have sparked an interest for me, both relating to water. The first is water supply, and how we are going to meet the ever increasing demand that accompanies a rising population, even though our water source isn’t getting any bigger. The second is designing the water management systems that provide people with a continuous supply of clean water. I currently work in the Hydraulics Lab at the Engineering Research Center, where I am learning about, and assisting with, innovative research in the area of water resources. I’ve learned so much from my summer internships with: Larimer County Engineering Department; Freeport-McMoRan and Climax Molybdenum; and finally, Muller Engineering. These experiences have developed my skill set and further deepened my desire to learn more about water resource engineering. This has led me to continue my education in this specific area of study. The water-related master’s degree programs here at CSU are among the top in the nation, making it a logical choice to obtain my master’s degree in civil/water resource engineering. I will finish my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in December 2018, and I plan to apply to graduate school for the fall of 2019.”

Baseline Engineering Corporation’s Founder and President, John McLain, is a CSU graduate. He created the scholarship to encourage students to pursue careers in civil and environmental engineering. “Baseline has been a wonderful supporter of CSU engineering students for many years,” says CSU’s Director of Development, Matthew Carlyon.

The deadline for next year’s scholarship is March 1, 2019. Students can access more information on CSU’s website.