Thank you, SCU

October 12, 2010 at 1:23pm


My name is Brian Reeves and I am a SCU Civil Engineering 2009 graduate.  My life after graduation has been incredibly connected to the University, much more than I anticipated.  The summer after I graduated I worked on building the 2009 Solar Decathlon House with my friends.  This was one of the greatest times of my life.  Being able to go to work everyday with a group of great people who were all so incredibly passionate about reaching the same goal was simply amazing.  Being able to travel to DC with this new group of friends was the icing on the cake.


The connections that I made through the University helped me to land the great job that I have today.  Cupertino Electric, Inc. was a sponsor of our Solar Decathlon House, and they were quite impressed by the quality of work that mere college students were able to present.  When I met some managers for Cupertino Electric in DC, they enthusiastically offered me an internship for when I got back home from the competition.  I accepted, and this internship for an electrical contractor (not my background) taught me so many new things about the construction industry and managed to round out my resume very nicely.  When the internship was over, I sent my resume over to a fellow SCU Civil Engineer and good friend of mine, Madison Wood.  Madison had been working for Turner Construction Company for over a year, and I thought she might be able to help me get through the incredibly stringent hiring process that they have.  It was good timing, because before I knew it I was interviewing and a short while later I got the offer.


I was assigned to be an engineer at the San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2 renovation project.  This is an amazing project with a fast paced schedule and plenty of work to be done.  I came onto the project with about six to eight months remaining until completion.  Needless to say, in a project of this size this is the time when everyone needs to put their heads down and push at 110% until the end.  Starting out brand new with a company and being placed into this atmosphere forced me to learn at a rate that I never thought possible.  My responsibilities consist of managing a few subcontracts and working to closeout the project by obtaining the necessary forms, manuals, warranties, etc.  All in all, the experience that I have gained directly through the University and through networking at the University has allowed me to get where I am today.  I will not forget that attending Santa Clara University was one of the best decisions I have ever made.