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Practical Problem-Solving

Civil Engineering Majors’ Present Their Capstone Project

Stefanie Senkow
May 10, 2018

CE Research SymposiumRedesigning the storm water system for Coast Guard base Alameda in California is no easy task. The continuous flooding events that occur on the island have been a source of concern for some time. For three Civil Engineering majors at the United States Coast Guard Academy, real-life problem-solving skills were put to the test as they were tasked with proposing a solution to this issue for their capstone project.

First Class Cadets Angel Fay, Keegan True and Madison Heist presented their proposed solution to the redesign and restructure of the storm water system for Alameda during Cadet Research Symposium Day. Detailing a comprehensive plan from the addition of catch basins and reconstruction of pipes to comprehensive cost analysis and a strategic implementation plan, the storm water capstone project demonstrates the reasons why these Civil Engineering cadets came to the Academy in the first place.

“I wanted to be part of something that was bigger than myself,” said Keegan True, reflecting upon his four years at the Academy. “The Coast Guard Academy has taught me to handle more responsibility; and when presented with a problem, I wouldn’t feel stuck.” Putting those problem-solving skills into practice for his capstone project has proven invaluable.

“If I’m presented with a problem, I’m not going to give up,” states Angel Fay in terms of her project and post-Academy philosophy. The Coast Guard has challenged her already superb work ethic and has strengthened her endurance.

After graduation, Angel will be reporting to USCGC TAHOMA as a deck watch officer, Keegan will be reporting to the USCGC ESCANABA as a student engineer and Madison will be reporting to the USCGC VENTUROUS as a deck watch officer.