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Ajin Fatima

Civil Engineering
Ajin Fatima

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Anticipated year of Graduation: 2015

Major: BS Civil Engineering


Please describe your study/research interests and why.

I am interested in the structural side of civil engineering.  My enthusiasm for the infrastructures of skyscrapers, bridges, buildings, tunnels highways and flyovers started since my childhood.  I would like to help improve the structural engineering field using the ever-growing technology. Also, I want to enforce the importance of LEED certification to ensure the safety of people and environmental sustainability.


Please describe your co-op experience.  Include where you worked, a brief description of your duties, and what you learned.

For my first co-op, I had the opportunity to work for Philadelphia Streets Department- Sanitation Division.  My responsibilities were ranging from using AutoCAD to revise existing drawings, creating new drawings to visit construction sites.  It was an incredible first coop experience, because I got to experience office work and field work at the same time.  In addition, I reviewed and revised proposals, specifications, drawings and cost estimates packages before these were sent out to the clients.

For my second coop, I worked for CH2M Hill as a transportation engineer intern.  There I worked closely with senior engineers on the design phase of billion-dollar infrastructure project in Moin, Costa Rica. I collaborated with professional engineers on planning, delegating and coordinating projects on a daily basis.  I spearheaded process to maintain up-todate status of the company’s internal SharePoint and Project Wise. I also created excel spreadsheets to document progress on on-going projects, used Gantt chart and pivot table.  Sometimes I had to ship project related drawings and specifications booklets nationwide and internationally to the clients.

For my third coop, I will be working with AECOM as a structural Engineer.


Please describe any extracurricular activities that you participate in.   

I am a member of a business co-ed fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi Eta Psi Chapter here on Drexel’s campus.  In addition, starting from this year I will be serving as a community service chair for American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  I was also involve with Engineers Without Borders last year and served as a fundraising chair for Miramar Water project.  I am also a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.


Please explain what you would like to do after graduation.

Traveling has always been a great passion of mine.  Unfortunately, it is kind of hard to travel being as a full time student at Drexel since we barely have any breaks.  So, after graduation I would like to fulfill my dream by traveling first.  As far as job goes, I see myself getting a job at a consulting firm as a structural engineer. 


Please explain what you like about Drexel’s Engineering Program.

Drexel offers students a unique opportunity to study half of the year and work for rest of the year.  Coming into Drexel, I knew how prestigious Drexel’s engineering program is.  After being here for three years, I know Drexel has been preparing me for the real world through the career fairs offered every year and other extracurricular activities.