Student Feature – Greg Rulifson

Greg Rulifson

PhD Civil Engineering, Engineering Education

EDC Certificate Completion: Fall 2014

Undergraduate and Masters: University of California Berkeley, B.S. Civil Engineering; Sanford University, M.S. Structural Engineering and Risk Analysis

What are your hobbies outside of academic life?

Team sports (volleyball, soccer, basketball), running, swimming, and of course snowboarding in the winter. I generally enjoy eating good food with friends, and some good drink from time to time. Attending conferences has apparently become a hobby as well.

How did you become interested in global development?

Global Poverty and Practice Minor at UC Berkeley: Ananya Roy provided inspiration to address the issues of the marginalized, and The Blum Center allowed me the freedom and support to put some ideas into action.

Why did you join the EDC program?

It was a chance to get more in-country experience with the support of great faculty and students who were in similar situations, with similar goals. There is nothing else like it.

What has been the most valuable thing you’ve learned from the EDC program?

The people in this type of work are quality, and reliable. This network, especially in Colorado, is strong and caring, all working towards the same ends from different perspectives and backgrounds. That’s powerful.

Where did you complete your practicum?

Takengon, Central Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia – Build Change – evaluated the success of a reconstruction program following a recent earthquake, and supported the organization’s general operations in Takengon. I also performed some structural design for houses to be constructed in the Philippines in the aftermath of their typhoon.

What do you hope to do after completing your EDC certificate?

I am nearly finished with my PhD, which tries to understand engineering students’ ideas about socially responsible engineering, and how this idea changes over their time in college. I teach engineering design at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, and for now that seems like a great career path. I’m excited to see where it takes me.


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