Outstanding Graduate, Fall 2020
After his first year as a construction management and technology major, Stettler Anderson was sold.
“Right away we were learning about the construction industry. That helped prepare me for my summer internship after my freshman year,” Anderson says. “Meeting other students, faculty and professionals in the construction industry, along with learning these new things, was when I realized I was in the right place.”
Anderson competed for the first time in the Associated Schools of Construction Reno Competition as a freshman and continued to stay involved with the competition for the following two years. During his junior year, he became the student president of the competition, organizing and managing the competing teams. His leadership opportunities didn’t end there.
“In my sophomore year, I become the vice president of the Associated General Contractors of America and I later served as the president,” Anderson says. “Our goal was to get students in contact with members of the construction industry to grow our network and introduce students to internship opportunities.”
Anderson was also involved in the Construction Managers Association of America, the Association of Women in Construction and the Sigma Lambda Chi International Construction Honor Society.
One of his service projects with the American Concrete Institute was Operation Ramp-Up.
“This is a project where construction students reach out to the disabled veteran community and, with the help of a construction company, build a concrete ramp at [a veteran’s] house to make it easier for them to get inside due to their disability,” Anderson says. “It’s great to talk to the individual or family we are building the ramp for. Seeing and talking with them makes it that much more meaningful.”
Even with so many extracurricular activities, Anderson is graduating in three and a half years. With the extra time, he is taking some time off to work a part-time job or two before traveling to Europe next summer, pandemic permitting. He plans to start a full-time job in construction management around August 2021.
“The biggest thing that has changed my life is the people I’ve met while going to school here,” Anderson says. “So many students, faculty and members of the construction industry are great people and I’m excited to meet and work with more. When I start my career, I will have the opportunity to be a part of any type of construction project.”