Why did you choose engineering at CU Boulder?
I lived through Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. I was originally thinking of doing more computational linguistics, but then I realized the benefits I could give the world translating science for laypeople in developing countries in post-disaster scenarios. CU had research, engineering, and International Affairs. It was perfect. Plus, I get to work on a research project on the Philippines through the civil engineering department.
What does #iLookLikeAnEngineer mean to you?
I like to dress up, wear makeup, and look pretty. I like politics, economics, and social sciences. I cry when I watch hedgehog videos and I love Adventure Time. All of my whimsy does not detract from the fact that I am willing to get down and dirty in either the machine shop or analysis of a system. I can wear what I want, do what I like, and still be respected as an engineer. My pretty femininity doesn't detract from my intellect, and nor do my soft skills.
What are your career goals?
I want to work in either energy policy on the national level or international post disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation in developing countries.
What are your hobbies?
What do you enjoy most about engineering?
I love the analytical side! So heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics...I like seeing how the world works and why. Also I like machining.
What are three things that make you unique?
1. I've won a Silver Medal in the National Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition (2013).
2. I speak fluent Spanish and Swedish.
3. I've studied abroad three times - Sweden (2011), Philippines (2013), and Bolivia (2015).
What is your favorite engineering experience?
I really like research. My research in civil engineering is pretty qualitative—it's analyzing post-disaster trainings and reconstruction in the Philippines. It's cool seeing how the analytical side of engineering applies to such a qualitative scenario.
Anything else you'd like to tell us?
I'm also graduating with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in Space!
Bryn Grunwald, Class of 2018, Mechanical Engineering