Erik Deddens

MS Engineering Management
Previous Institution: The University of Kansas
Hometown: Prairie Village, KS
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Why was the KU School of Engineering Graduate Programs the right choice for you?

The KU School of Engineering was a crucial part of my undergraduate experience. The challenges and opportunities have shaped the professional I am today. When I heard that there was an opportunity to get a higher education in Engineering Management at KU, the choice was an obvious fit for me.

What are you currently researching?

As a student of the Masters in Engineering Management I am not involved in a specific area of research. However, I am a chemical engineer (EIT) with Black & Veatch. I have 3 years of experience in Oil & Gas and am now working in the Industrial Water Treatment division. 

What do you want to do after graduation?

I look forward to the opportunity to take a leadership role within Black & Veatch on a small project. I have particular interest in energy projects. I am interested in Oil & Gas projects, but I am particularly excited to see how Smart Energy Grids will continue to change our communities.

What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?

I have great memories from the Lawrence campus. Don't forget about the free events that the Union and the Student Organizations host. The Carnival is one of the best events and you can't miss all the great movies that are shown at the Union. 

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

There are great challenges in graduate school. I admit that in the non-traditional program things may be slightly different. However, I have no doubt that time management is essential. Time management includes setting time aside for fun and relaxation. Lawrence has Clinton Lake with hiking trails and places to bike. There are great coffee shops and food to enjoy. Don't stay cooped up in your apartment. Meeting people might be the most important part of education at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


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