Engineers Week 2019 - Chad Kehrt

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Where are you from? Belmond, Iowa

Where did you go to school? Iowa State University (Construction Engineering)

What office are you based out of? Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

Which area of engineering do you practice? Municipal Engineering

What does “engineering” mean to you? Improving infrastructure to help society live better lives.

Why did you choose the engineering field? As a kid I loved taking things apart and putting them back together. Now I enjoy building things.

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on? I love residential street construction because of the interaction I get to have with the residents. My favorite project was 3 pipeline borings under the Missouri River. The project connected water and sewer lines between South Sioux City, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa.

A piece of advice you would have for those considering engineering as a profession? Don’t be afraid to take chances and network as much as possible.

Fun fact: I do not have a lot of hobbies and would not consider myself an overly interesting person.  I like to golf.  I do like to spend time with my family and friends, especially during the summer when we can be outdoors.  I love to spend time watching Iowa State football and basketball.  I go to many ISU football games with my wife, kids, and granddaughters.  My wife and I purchased an ISU tailgating bus last fall and we are really looking forward to football games this fall.