Jon 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. Jon 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.
Jon’s interest in engineering began during his senior year in high school when his AP Physics teacher introduced him to engineering topics and his own interests in engineering. He began looking at Marquette’s program and liked the co-op opportunities that were offered in the program. As he progressed through his freshman and sophomore years at MU, he slowly narrowed down his interests to civil and environmental engineering by taking a variety of classes and getting involved with student organizations and societies.
Jon has taken advantage of the co-op program and has spent the past two years working at R.A. Smith National, a civil engineering consulting firm headquartered in Brookfield, WI. He worked in the municipal division closely interacting with a lot of the area communities. Most of the projects he worked on involved inflow and infiltration investigation (I&I investigation). This focus allowed him to understand where water was getting into sewers in excess and help communities save money by reducing the excess inflow. Through his dedication and hard work at R.A. Smith National during his co-op terms, they have extended him an offer to continue working for their company after Jon graduates this upcoming May.
“Jonathan McAnally is from St. Cloud, MN and is a senior civil engineering student at Marquette. He is an active participant in Habitat for Humanity and is a Junior Kiwanian. Jonathan is a member of MARDI GRAS (Making a Real Difference in the Gulf Region and Area Surrounding). He is a Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society) and Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honor Society). Jonathan has been an intern at R.A. Smith National for the past two years. He is sponsored by Jeff Mazanec, with R.A. Smith National” –APWA January 2013 Newsletter