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He’s taking a people-first approach to civil engineering

Recent graduate Jude Arbogast has helped to build schools, directed student groups, and worked with children to improve their cognitive and physical development. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Jude Arbogast has helped to build schools, hospitals, and affordable housing complexes in Boston while working on co-op as a project engineer for Suffolk Construction. He’s directed the development of a footbridge in Milton, Massachusetts, as a leader of Northeastern’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He’s worked with children in Boston to improve their cognitive and physical development by playing fun games with them as a volunteer for a student group called Peace Through Play.

And now he’s among 10 promising engineers in the United States who have been recognized by the American Society for Civil Engineers for achieving academic excellence and serving people in his community. 

“That was a huge honor. I didn’t expect any recognition for the work I’ve been doing,” says Arbogast, who was named one of the New Faces of Civil Engineering in February and then graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. “I really had to push myself to make these opportunities happen.”

Arbogast credits working at Suffolk Construction, volunteering at Peace Through Play, and taking a leadership role in Northeastern’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers with helping him find his career path. He plans to start working full-time at Suffolk Construction in July, when he will begin to help coordinate the development of large-scale construction projects in the education sector.

“By tackling new leadership challenges, planning events that I had no experience with, or communicating with everyone from students to industry professionals, I feel very confident transitioning into a new employment environment,” he says. “I realized all these successes weren’t flukes, but I had to earn them.”

His toughest challenge at Northeastern, he says, was managing his time and his well being. He says he stayed grounded by joining the club lacrosse team.

“I had to take a step back and figure out the human component to doing all this,” says Arbogast. “It’s not just about building a resumé.”

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