Spencer Blackwell

North Carolina State University
Civil Engineering
Hometown: Salisbury, NC

What are your career goals?

I hope to lead an engineering firm one day and work on design projects such as large residential work or commercial projects.

Do you have any areas of interest specific to your discipline? 

I am currently majoring in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural engineering. I have been fascinated by structural design since a young age.

What is one piece of advice you have for fellow engineering students?

STICK IT THROUGH! Like many students in college, I struggled with imposter syndrome early on. I was not sure if I belonged as an engineer or had the necessary skill set. As I’m nearing graduation, I am so relieved with my decision to stay in the field of engineering since there are so many different fields you can enter with the degree. It has already offered me plenty of opportunities and I look forward to the future that engineering can provide.

What has been your favorite engineering course and why? 

My favorite engineering course is the structural senior design project that I am currently taking. We are tasked with designing a light commercial steel and concrete project. It has been a lot of fun to see all of my previous design classes come into play. The project has shown why courses such as reinforced concrete design, steel design, behavior of soils and foundations, and structural analysis are important to a structural engineer while also including the importance of communication and professional work to a client.

Which clubs, campus organizations, and activities do you participate in?

I have not participated in any clubs or organizations on campus, which plays a large role in my excitement to be an FE Ambassador!

What are you most looking forward to gaining from being an FE ambassador?

I look forward to showing the importance and benefits of licensure to younger students who are considering engineering or are already in an engineering department. I also look forward to helping other students gain a clear vision of how they want their future as engineers to look.