Life as an Engineer

This will be a story of the life of an engineer: completing my PhD and how I became an engineer, including an emphasis on educational experiences that I had as an undergraduate and right afterwards as a working engineer. The story is intended to share common experiences and help students identify some of the professional and personal challenges that they might face, as well as the rewarding opportunities that will come their way as undergraduates and after.

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Diogo Bolster

Frank M. Freimann Professor of Hydrology and Henry Massman Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

College of Engineering

About the Lecturer

Professor Bolster is internationally recognized as a leader in the area of subsurface flow and modeling. He also is an exceptional teacher, having received the College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2018, and the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2017. 

Bolster is an expert in environmental fluid dynamics and hydrology. His research focuses on the impact humans have on the earth and its resources, specifically environmental fluid flows and contaminant transport across a wide range of scales — from groundwater flows in porous media to confined flows in buildings and other enclosed spaces.

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