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Aaron Grudowski

Orland Park, Illinois
Aaron Grudowski

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.  I am very excited to be part of the Leadership Academy and I am looking forward to creating lasting bonds and memories with other scholars and students at Leadership Academy events.  While still in school, I want to ensure that I not only get through classes but also truly learn the material in my classes.  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 several 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.    

Illinois Tech Leadership Experience

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