Univ. of Georgia Student Inspires with Infectious Enthusiasm

March 31, 2016

It doesn’t matter your line of work or your major in college – watch Peter Akinosho’s video about civil engineering and you might just consider a career change.

“My dream is to lay the foundation for the societies of tomorrow,” Akinosho says in the video, produced as part of his entry to ASCE’s recent Dream Big contest. “[Civil engineers] do what we do so people don’t have to worry about their basic needs. … We work hard so that the structures of today can be around for the generations of tomorrow.”

Akinosho, S.M.ASCE, is a junior at the University of Georgia, pursuing a degree in civil engineering. He is treasurer of the ASCE Student Chapter and a member of the school’s Concrete Canoe team this spring.

He also happens to be an accomplished amateur filmmaker, working with sports, weddings and even an educational series, Classroom Unsquared. So when he saw that the contest celebrating the forthcoming ASCE IMAX film, Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World, had an optional video component, he got to work.

“I decided to go for it, and I guess it just came together,” Akinosho said.

The video demonstrates Akinosho’s infectious blend of -isms: notably optimism, enthusiasm, and idealism as he looks forward to a career in civil engineering. Even though he didn’t win the contest, it hasn’t dampened his -isms.

“I’m still a little bit young in the game,” Akinosho laughed. “[The video] shows the way I feel about the industry. Civil engineering is such an important thing. You drive on a road, you cross a bridge – it’s ubiquitous; it’s kind of everything.”

Growing up about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta in Kennesaw, GA, Akinosho was fascinated by structures and roads, even building a toothpick bridge in fifth grade.

By the time he entered UGA, though, it was with a declared major of biochemical engineering. It was a presentation on campus by CH2M Hill on civil engineering aspects of the 2012 Olympics in London that changed everything.

“I said, ‘I want to do this. This is cool. I love every part of this,’” Akinosho said. “I switched my major that night.



“I am very privileged to be in the engineering program at UGA. It has such a fantastic civil engineering program with enthusiastic professors and peers that feel more like family. They have helped me to learn and grow so much within this discipline.”

For Akinosho, studying abroad last spring in Chennai, India, was an eye-opener.

“It is a truly beautiful country,” he said. “We learned about the many energy and infrastructure systems they are trying to input to keep up with their growing population. It was important because I learned what can happen if people don’t have the infrastructure that they need.”

Akinosho said he enjoys working with AutoCAD and other engineering software. “I really want to work in site design,” he said. “I think that’s what fits best with me.”

There would seem to be video production as a fallback.

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