School of Engineering New Student Guide

meet KAO SOUA YANG civil engineering major

Hometown: Thailand. My family moved to Minnesota when I was 7.

Major: Civil engineering

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 do you do there? 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: Hardworking, 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.

Why engineering? I was put into an engineering and STEM program in high school. I liked math and I liked 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 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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