Kevin received a scholarship from the American Public Works Association Wisconsin Chapter this past November. The Wisconsin Chapter Scholarship Program is a method to promote the public works professions to undergraduate students throughout the state of Wisconsin. Kevin received one of six $1,000 scholarships and a one-year membership to the APWA. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be full-time undergraduate student with junior or senior status, be seeking a degree in a field related to public works, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and be sponsored by a current WI APWA member.
Kevin's interest in engineering came from a farming background. His family operates a dairy farm in Argyle, WI. As a child, Kevin enjoyed building things, destroying them, and putting them back together. He also did a lot of carpentry work in high school that also inspired his interest in engineering. He became interested in Marquette's program after experiencing the campus atmosphere and tradition, and met the engineering faculty. Since coming to Marquette, Kevin has become involved with American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and Chi Epsilon. He also works in the EMST laboratory under the supervision of Dave Newman, setting up any research project that comes through the lab and performing the required testing and calculations.
Kevin has also interned with Clear Horizons, LLC, a Milwaukee-based company that specializes in anaerobic digestion technology. The purpose of this work is to utilize cow manure from dairy farms, harness the methane production (known as biogas), and use it to operate electrical generators. This energy method is renewable, sustainable, and reduces odor and pollution.
"Kevin Berg is from Argyle and is a senior civil engineering student at Marquette University. In high school, Kevin was the valedictorian of his high school, the National Honor Society president, and a WIAA Scholar-Athlete. Kevin is a member of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society), member of the American Concrete Institute, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Kevin is an active tutor at Marquette University and Carmen High School in Milwaukee. Kevin is an intern with Pieper Electric/Clear Horizons working on the process of turning manure from dairy farms into energy. When operating at full capacity, the plant can produce enough energy to power 2,400 homes. Kevin was sponsored by David Kuemmel, retired Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Milwaukee, retired Adjunct Professor at Marquette University." –APWA January 2013 Newsletter