“I chose civil engineering because of how tangible and broad the field is,” said Lucy Travers, the class of 2020 civil and environmental engineering Outstanding Senior. “There are so many options within civil engineering and most of them result in the ability to point at something and say ‘I designed that!’”
Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Lucy attended Governor’s School and discovered her love for math and science, which led her to seek a career in engineering. Next year, she will fulfill that dream as she moves to Richmond to start a job as a project engineer focused on road and bridge construction for RK&K. “Eventually, I want to become a project manager who is able to spend my time interacting with teams and clients,” she said. “I love big-picture objectives and it brings me joy to spend my day talking to people. I also think it would be rewarding to manage a project that is utilizing very new and advanced technologies.”
While Lucy is excited to begin the next chapter, she will miss the experiences she had at Virginia Tech. “My favorite memory from Virginia Tech was going to the concrete canoe competition last year. We had an incredible team and got to combine some fun with the final moments of our design season,” she said.
Her calendar stayed busy during her time at Virginia Tech. On top of a heavy course load, she served as an undergraduate career coordinator for the civil and environmental engineering department and organized the department career fairs. She was also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Concrete Canoe, Concrete 4 Kids, and the Sustainable Land Development Club.
She attributes much of her success to the professors and friends that she met in CEE, who were always willing to help, answer questions, and guide her along the way.