Truckee grad builds engineering future |

Truckee grad builds engineering future

Nicholas Aboumrad and Dr. Dean Adams

I thought back over the past four years to remember why I decided to go into engineering. I realized I was destined for engineering long before I knew what it was. Growing up, my favorite question was why? Why are things the way they are? I was never satisfied with not knowing. I spent hours building Legos, snapping together K’NEX and taking things apart, just to try and put them back together. Even though I wasn’t always able to get everything back in working order, it made for some good stories.

My time at UNR, as short as it was, has been an important part of my life. The support from the entire Civil Engineering department was better than I could have ever imagined, and there aren’t enough good things to say about my experience. My professors have taught me to think harder and demonstrated the best answer is sometimes the simplest. The foundation they provided will help me accomplish my future goals. My mentor throughout this journey, Dean Adams, played a huge role. I looked to him for advice, guidance and sometimes a person with whom I could vent. I can’t thank him enough.

My success in college has been nothing short of miraculous. Without the Loving God’s patience and wisdom none of this would have been possible, and I attribute all my success to him. Throughout my entire college education and life for that matter, my parents have been the two people that have always kept me going, believing in me even when I didn’t. My Dad and Mom have always been there to listen and guide me forward, and no amount of words can ever thank them. Also, I have to thank my brother and sister who have put up with more than their fair share of my craziness. This is a huge accomplishment, and an even bigger honor, and I want to thank everyone who has made it possible.

Truckee Graduate 2005

Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

First in class and senior scholar in the College of Engineering, graduated May 16, 2009

GPA: 3.9918

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