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Ben’s favorite quote is “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing,” from our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, because he strives to earn a reputation for his hard work ethic and providing quality performance on tasks assigned. It is a fitting quote because he has done just that during his internship at Civil Solutions, as he works toward his goal of becoming a Geotechnical Engineer!
Ben has had many experiences exploring academia, field work, and research before settling on a specialization in the field of Geotechnical Engineering. He has traveled to Central American countries and the Western United States to conduct research and surveying work. What led to his decision to pursue geotechnical engineering was his interest and participation in his senior geology research project during undergraduate study at NKU. Ben took part in a project that catalogued landslides throughout the Northern Kentucky area for the Kentucky Geological Society, winning 3rd place in the state for his group’s research presentation at the Kentucky Academy of Science’s annual meeting. He then collected more data and presented at the South-Eastern Sectional meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Knoxville, TN. After this experience, he knew that he had found his passion related to landslides and slope stability and began pursuing a career in the field by enrolling in the University of Cincinnati M.S. Civil Engineering program with a Geotechnical specialization. In addition to his education and research experience, Ben brings additional knowledge and skills after working in a field technician role at another firm.
His passion for geology and the earth is apparent in his activities outside of the office as well. He loves hiking with his girlfriend and friends, camping, kayaking, and teaching younger students about geology. He is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and has served as the President of the NKU Geology Club, where they performed outreach to area middle schools in order to engage students and get them interested in the field of geology. When the weather is poor and he isn’t working, Ben enjoys reading and watching movies.
Ben has a bright future ahead of him in the field of geotechnical engineering, and we are fortunate to benefit from his passion and work ethic at Civil Solutions!