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Kristian Botten (2011)

After completing our program with a degree from Bethany and a civil engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, Kristian now works at Mathiowetz Construction Company as an estimator and engineer in training.

WHAT YOU DO • • • I am responsible for many tasks. In the winter season my primary job is to help estimate multi-million dollar projects. During the summer I help make sure these projects are completed correctly.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • • I like what I do is because every day is a challenge. I'm forced to solve different problems every day. My goal is to improve the engineering department at Mathiowetz Construction and move to upper management.

HOW BETHANY HAS PREPARED YOU • • • The problem-sets given in Bethany classes taught me how to think outside the box. Bethany also included projects that allowed students to be creative and actually engineer something. While I was at Bethany, I designed and built two hammered dulcimers that are still there today.

WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST • • • What I remember most would have to be building musical instruments and talking with my professors outside of class.

ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS • • • If you find something you like don't be afraid to pursue it. I was a business major for two full years before I decided to switch to engineering. In the dual degree program I loved all my classes and I loved the challenge. The harder it was, the more rewarding it felt to accomplish the tasks.