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Student Profile 2

Loc Nguyen

Loc Nguyen at TURI Lab
Loc Nguyen at TURI Lab

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Senior

Boston, MA

Loc_Nguyen1@student.uml.edu

Semesters at TURI Lab: 4
Background: Civil & Environmental Engineering is a broad field consisting of transportation, geotechnical, water resources, and structural. It is one of the oldest engineering practices and it is very conservative. It involves both field work and lab work, and there are many opportunities for traveling. I enjoy aspect of physical field work and traveling is a plus for me. In the TURI lab, I am able to gain experience towards working in a lab and doing real testing rather than paper work. TURI’s programs of providing better solutions for the environment result in fewer pollutants in water and soil. Over 70% of the world is made of water, but most of it cannot be consumed. Certain countries do not even have the proper systems to provide them with drinkable water.  After graduation, I plan on continue building my career as a Civil & Environmental Engineer and eventually become a Project Administrator. That way, I can travel the world and lead projects to build treatment plants which will help countries that needs clean water resources.  
Projects worked on: DIY, Aerovox, and Kreussler
Favorite part of working at TURI: Not repetitive work with possibilities of open ended projects testing.
Past jobs: TURI is my first job on campus and possibly my last. Outside of campus, I worked as a sales associate, waiter, and delivery driver. These jobs were very dull and repetitive compared to TURI. There was little communication involved with other workers. They were jobs I felt like I was doing for the money but with TURI it feels much different, it doesn't even feel like work. At TURI you can do something different each day, individually or in a group. We have a very friendly staff community in our lab, everyone is willing to help and provide information if needed. Besides the projects provided, there are many tools and equipment that you can pick up and do different testing with. 
Skills they learned at TURI: Handling of chemicals, importance of chemical maintenance, and the applications of testing in lab to industrial companies as well as every day use.