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Aaron Jordan Grudowski

Orland Park, Illinois

Major & Graduation

Civil Engineering ~ May 2018
Environmental Engineering ~ May 2019

Short Term Goals

In the near future, I hope to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher at Illinois Tech and properly balance extracurricular activities, homework, and time spent with friends and family. The past year, I have absolutely loved being a part of Leadership Academy. I have met so many amazing people through the academy, and it has helped me in ways that I never even imagined. I would not be the person I am today without Leadership Academy.

While still in school, I want to ensure that I not only get through classes but also truly learn the material in them. I know that it will benefit me in the future, so I want to obtain as much information as I can now. In my free time, I want to gain knowledge of different engineering software, such as Inventor and Revit, in order to enhance my skills for the future. Perhaps most importantly, I want to enjoy the time I have with my friends and family while in college. I will be graduating before I know it, so in addition to preparing for my future, I hope to have a lot of good times that I can look back on when I’m older.

Long Term Goals

I would like to graduate from Illinois Tech with my Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation, I hope to work at an Environmental Engineering firm on projects dealing with environmental reclamation, ecosystem reconstruction, and endangered species. While I am working as an Environmental Engineer, I plan on going back to school to obtain a degree in ecology or environmental sciences. After working as an Environmental Engineer for around 15 years, I want to transition to working as either an Ecologist or a Park Ranger at a National Park. It has always been my dream to work with wildlife and the environment, and I can think of no better way than by becoming an Ecologist.

Other than career goals, I one day hope to move somewhere surrounded by mountains and nature. I am not sure exactly where I want to move yet, but I am considering places such as Colorado, Maine, Washington, and a few other locations. I hope to have the opportunity to go on hikes, photograph wildlife and scenery, and just be out in the environment whenever I have free time.

Perhaps most importantly, I hope to become a great father and husband in the future. My family means everything to me, and I can only hope that one day I will have a family of my own as amazing as the one I have right now.    

Leadership Experience

  • Leadership Academy Scholar: April 2016 – Present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers IIT Concrete Canoe Captain: August 2015 - Present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers IIT Vice President: January 2017 – Present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers IIT Treasurer: January 2016 – December 2016
  • Student Ambassador IIT Undergraduate Admissions: June 2015 - Present
  • IIT Peer Mentor: August 2015 – Present
  • Colleges Against Cancer IIT Fundraising Chair: January 2015 – May 2016