Though many of Great Lakes’s projects are in Northeast Ohio, the company also has an office in Cincinnati. The company primarily focuses on heavy civil contractor services that include both public and private-sector projects ranging from roads and highways to bridges and tunnels. This diverse portfolio has given Nicewaner a well-rounded experience on co-op.
“I get to see buildings go up from foundation to topping out,” he says. “It’s a really rewarding feeling to see something that you built and something that will stay in place for years.”
On top of his work in the field, Nicewaner stays busy on campus. He currently serves as the UC’s student chapter president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Before that, he was integral in UC’s success in the ASCE Concrete Canoe competition. As captain of the team, he reached out to the construction industry to obtain more than $3,000, technical support and materials for the team. He also implemented innovative ideas such as virtual 3D modeling into the construction of the canoe.
This involvement, he says, has motivated him to reach his full potential at UC.
“As I became more acclimated and more involved in extracurriculars, it pushed me to be a better engineer," he said. "It really rounded out my assets and gave me a fuller college experience.”
Engineers of the Month must demonstrate “excellence in the classroom, success in their co-op assignments and leadership through extracurricular activities on campus and/or in the community.” These students have found the balance needed to be leaders and exemplary scholars at UC.