Major: Construction Engineering and Management
Minor: Civil Engineering; Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2025
Hometown: Marlboro, New Jersey
Q: Why did you choose to become an engineer?
Goldman: From a young age, I’ve had a deep-seated passion for building, problem-solving and discovering how things operate. Throughout my educational journey, I’ve consistently embraced a hands-on approach, and the role of an engineer perfectly aligns with this. Notably, the construction industry has captivated my interest due to the different intricate pieces which seamlessly come together to yield a magnificent end product.
Q: What is your favorite course in the College of Engineering?
Goldman: Among the courses offered in the College of Engineering, my standout favorite is the Survey and Geomatics (CIEG 390) course designed for Construction Engineering and Management majors. This course uniquely discusses the responsibilities of a surveyor on a construction site, combining theoretical understanding through lectures and practical application by conducting hands-on labs using real surveying instruments.
Q: Who is your favorite instructor in the College of Engineering?
Goldman: This question prompts multiple names to come to mind, and among them, two notable instructors are Dr. Ri Na and Dr. Mohsin Siddiqui from the Construction Engineering and Management program. Their unwavering commitment to the students’ well-being and genuine desire for everyone’s success make them stand out. Another noteworthy instructor is Dr. Allen Jayne, whose passion for teaching becomes evident in every class I’ve taken with him. His dedication to helping students comprehend diverse topics is truly commendable.
Q: Briefly describe your internship experience.
Goldman: Over the past two summers and the preceding winter, I’ve had the privilege of working with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in my home state of New Jersey. Throughout this period, I had the invaluable experience of working alongside knowledgeable industry professionals, who taught me all about the different parts of the ongoing construction projects. The internship provided a way for me to learn more about the construction industry, as well as make me feel part of a team by being entrusted with responsibilities and tasks of a construction industry professional.
Q: What’s your favorite study location or hang-out spot on campus?
Goldman: The Patrick T. Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab stands out as an excellent study environment, being a relatively recent addition to the campus with a strong emphasis on sustainability in its design. This setting not only provides a great space for studying but also encourages an awareness and understanding of sustainable practices. Additionally, the Richard E. Hangen ITS Laboratory in Du Pont Hall is another favorite spot of mine for getting work done. The atmosphere fosters meaningful conversations, creating opportunities to build lasting friendships.
Q: Tell us about any interesting projects you have worked on outside the classroom:
Goldman: At the end of my CHEM 103 course there was a creativity portion and I created a game, using LEGO-printed bricks and plates as game pieces, to teach students about a particular topic in the course. The amazing professor, Dr. Lauren Genova, really liked the “ChemisTree” game, and together we decided to do research on it. Over the past few years, I designed and created a novel game that teaches undergraduate chemistry students at the University of Delaware about the electron configuration of atoms. After it was designed, research was performed on students playing the game during a workshop and data was collected and analyzed. Currently, we are creating a manuscript to be published in a chemistry education journal.
Q: What is your experience with other extracurriculars, study abroad, or other campus experiences outside the classroom?
Goldman: I am deeply engaged in several extracurricular activities within the College of Engineering that have enriched my college experience.
Currently, I serve as the president of the Construction Engineers of America, which is a student-led organization dedicated to working with construction-oriented students, with the focus being to help them learn and grow in their chosen paths in the construction industry. Through this role, I organize insightful site tours of active construction sites and host industry leaders that share their experiences in the professional world with our members.
Moreover, I proudly represent the College of Engineering, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and my Construction Engineering and Management program as an ambassador. This job involves engaging with prospective students and coordinating events for the current student body.
In addition to these responsibilities, I hold the esteemed position of Lead Engineer for the College of Engineering’s Engineers Week Planning Committee. Collaborating closely with a dynamic team of students and members from the Undergraduate Services office, we craft events that celebrate the past, present, and future engineers at the University of Delaware. Having been in this role last year, witnessing hundreds of students participating in events and distributing thousands of dollars in prizes within a week was truly gratifying.
Q: What is your dream job?
Goldman: Currently, my career path involves starting my professional journey as a field engineer within a reputable construction management firm. My overall goal is to climb the ranks, ultimately securing an important leadership position within the company. I am driven by the desire to not only lead teams effectively but also to serve as a mentor and guide for younger professionals navigating their career paths. I envision myself actively working with the next generation of professionals, giving them insight to help guide with their career path.
Q: What has been your favorite Delaware or Newark experience outside of college?
Goldman: Although not situated in Delaware, my fondest memory revolves around the campfire nights at Milburn Orchards during the fall. Last autumn, I attended one of these events with my friends and discovered it to be extremely fun. We went on a bumpy hayride to the fire, drank delicious apple cider and made s’mores by the campfire. Additionally, we made the experience even more enjoyable by playing music, singing songs and telling ghost stories while sitting around the campfire.
Q: What advice do you have for new students?
Goldman: I live by two guiding quotes throughout my collegiate journey:
“The road to success is always under construction” -unknown
“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” -unknown
In the student life journey and beyond, rough patches are inevitable. Yet, it’s crucial to stand firm, knowing that these challenges are stepping stones to emerging better and stronger than before. Education and life is an everlasting journey, and yours is unfolding now. You have a bright future ahead of you. Always keep your shoulders up and your head held high as you navigate through every twist and turn on your path. I wish you the best of luck and a future filled with much happiness and success!