Of the many applications we received for our Winter, 2015, CP Technologies Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, a few stood out. Krista Purser was one such finalist and we would like to share her outstanding essay.
Krista is a senior civil engineering undergraduate at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In addition to transportation coursework, she serves as Vice President of the Cal Poly Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) chapter and soon begins research with transit routing data.
Krista’s enthusiasm stems from an appreciation for the impact of transportation and its ability to shape communities. She hopes to develop a broad understanding of transportation systems and analysis, and to implement efficient, reliable, and sustainable projects in practice. Additionally, Krista has developed her professional skills through several internships.
Aside from work and school, Krista enjoys hiking nearby trails and biking, for both commuting and exercise purposes. Being a Californian, rainy weather often has her resigned to the indoors, drinking tea and reading favorite authors Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Crichton.
Krista looks forward to furthering her education by working toward a Master’s of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and continuing to seek learning opportunities through ITE, internships, and research.