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Alumnus Profile: Patrick D. Kaimrajh, BSCE ’10

Current City: ​Miami, Florida

What did you do in the year immediately after graduation?
After graduation, I worked full-time at the firm I was with as an intern during my senior year of college. It was a small firm that worked on civil and environmental engineering projects in Miami-Dade County.

What do you do for a living now? What does a typical work week look like for you?
Currently, I am a senior engineer at Chen Moore and Associates (CMA), a private consulting firm. A typical work week involves juggling a variety of infrastructure and land development projects, including design, construction, and project management.

In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
My engineering career started when I joined the University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter. During my freshman year alone, I met my current boss and developed several industry connections through the ASCE. If it were not for my involvement with the ASCE and CoE, I certainly would not be where I am today.

Describe your most memorable moment as a student at the College of Engineering (CoE).
My most memorable moments as a CoE student were at the ASCE Southeast Student Conference. In particular, the 2010 conference at the University of Auburn where our student chapter designed, built, and raced a concrete canoe. Together, we triumphed through late nights and a variety of setbacks to build one of chapter’s best canoes. I remember it was a cold late March morning on a calm lake near the Alabama-Georgia border, when my ‘Cane comrade, Tommy Kiger, took a fire extinguisher and pulled the trigger as me and two others paddled this concrete canoe, named “La Fuerza,” into the men’s slalom race. Though we couldn’t see for a few seconds, we continued to paddle along the course while the rest of our team cheered at the top of their lungs from the shore. While we did not have the Best Concrete Canoe Award that year, we were awarded the Spirit Award at that conference – one of the most highly coveted awards.

What motivated you to support the College of Engineering?
CoE is where I got my start in engineering and without the scholarship support I received, I certainly would not have had all of these memorable experiences.

What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Make sure to listen. Listen to your professors, listen to other students — especially those more senior — listen to professionals and try to soak in knowledge and gain from their experiences. Find mentors, both official and unofficial, who are willing to share and willing to listen to you as well. College and work, especially engineering, is not easy all the time. However, having a passion for what you do and striving to do the best you can, more often than not, is rewarded. It may not be immediate, but hard work does pay off.

How would you describe the College of Engineering in seven words or less?
Where ‘Canes learn to make it happen!

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