St. Thomas Engineer Magazine

Student Profile

GATES SCHOLAR STUDIES CIVIL ENGINEERING Name: Kao Soua Yang ’20 Home country: Thailand. My family moved to Minnesota when I was 7. Best thing about civil engineering: It’s new. It’s exciting to be the first ones in the program. I also like building things. You work at MnDOT. What are your responsibilities? I started working there in the spring of my senior year in high school. I have worked in the design office, the traffic forecasting office and now I am back in the design office. Describe yourself in three words: Hard-working, patient and loyal Where to find you on a Sunday afternoon: At work; I also work at U.S. Bank. Something most people wouldn’t know about you: I’m funny. If you had the chance to have lunch with anyone, who would it be? Bill Gates, because I have a Gates scholarship. Why engineering? I was put into an engineering/STEM program in high school. I liked math and science, but I didn’t want to do either full time and found that engineering was a good middle. Why St. Thomas? I started at Macalester College but really wanted to do engineering, and I wanted to stay in the Twin Cities. I thought the University of Minnesota was too big.

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