Julia Matton, energy option, engineering management certificate.
I’m from the Portland Area in Oregon, Oregon City to be specific. Started attending EVEN Program in the Spring of 2011, I was admitted as an open option engineering student and then chose EVEN after exploring the other majors for a semester.
I love to spend time outside, hiking, climbing and camping but I kept sane by reading in my favorite chair on the occasional Sunday mornings. I was a member in the Engineers Without Borders, Peru Program and the Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity. I played ultimate Frisbee intramurals a few times but was more or less kicked off due to my inability to throw a Frisbee.
Being part of Engineers without Borders is one of the major highlights of my college career. I also volunteered with the campus environmental center occasionally for some extra karma points.

  • Why did you choose to study Environmental Engineering at CU Boulder?

Our program is one of the top ones in the nation, and it"s surrounded by the beautiful natural world that I am so passionate about preserving.

  • How and why did you pick your EVEN option?

I wanted to round out my curriculum a bit, a lot of our classes focus on water already and I saw that the energy option would enable me to further explore concepts of thermodynamics and sustainable energy.

  • What do you like about the EVEN program? What’s your favorite class/topic?

I have to say the faculty is a major highlight of the EVEN program. Being one of the largest EVEN programs in the country is definitely reflected in our faculty’s research. There are a lot of highly innovative, forward-thinking people in the department that do some incredible stuff. My favorite class was definitely the Environmental Engineering Design course (aka, senior design). It was awesome to finally apply all of those abstract concepts to an actual design/project.

  • What engineering experiences have you had? (an internship for an engineering firm, participated in research)

    EWB has been my primary source of experience. I traveled to Peru the summers before my junior and senior years and did some real-life engineering while there.


  • What are your plans for after graduation? What do you want to do with your degree?

First and foremost is to see a little more of the world. When I get back from my travels, I’m going to get a job focused on water resources. My main goal is to be a part of the solution, not the problem. I would love to be apart of something that integrates natural infrastructure with man-made infrastructure in a graceful, ‘green’ way.

  • Do you have any advice for incoming students or those in their first two years?

Get involved in something, I know a lot of people that regret their choices to not be a part of extracurricular activates. Get to know your professors; they are real humans that do very cool stuff that you should know about. Remember that you’ll take away from these classes what you put into them, good grades don’t matter if you don’t remember any of the concepts.

  • Do you want to share a place you really like on campus, in Boulder, in Colorado?

On campus- The fireplace above the C4C and the Wolf Law Library
Boulder- Trident Café, even though the baristas are the least friendly ones in the city
Colorado- Great Sand Dunes!

  • Any links you think would be helpful?

www.simplynoise.com: it’s a free white noise generator, I can never study to music. 


                                                                                                                               January 8th 2015