Alumni Testimonials

Grant Bryant

Master of Civil Engineering
, Class of 2014
In my professional career, I have found that structural engineers are in short supply and high demand. My hope is with a higher degree coupled with my work experience in construction, I would have the tools I need to be successful in running a consulting business.
Grant Bryant, Class of 2014
Master of Civil Engineering

Q: “Tell us about yourself, Grant.”
A:  “I live in southwestern Indiana in the little town of New Lebanon. I am married to my wife, Lisa, and have two step-sons, Jed and Jake. We are both active in the local community. I am a trustee on the local school board and I serve on the county’s redevelopment commission and am a deacon in our church. I enjoy golfing and carpentry.”

Q: “What is your current employer?”
A: “I work for Hoosier Energy, which is a rural electric cooperative headquartered in Bloomington, IN. I work at the Merom Generating Station, which is a coal-fired power plant located in Sullivan County, IN. I serve as the outage coordinator for the station. In addition to working at the power plant, I moonlight as a consulting engineer, which keeps me busy. This is a new venture for me, but one I have found to be very rewarding. I established my company immediately following the completion of my coursework in the MCE program at Norwich.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A:  “In my professional career, I have found that structural engineers are in short supply and high demand. Since my focus was on structural engineering and construction when I did my undergraduate coursework as well as my focus when I sat for the P.E. exam, I felt as though this might be a market I find some success in. My hope is with a higher degree coupled with my work experience in construction, I would have the tools I need to be successful in running a consulting business.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich and how did you learn of it?”
A:  “The program director for the MCE program, Dr. Tom Descoteaux, is a former professor of mine from when I did my undergraduate work at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, IN. I had heard great things about the program at Norwich through former classmates who also completed the program. Being that it is nearly all online, it seemed as though it would fit my already busy schedule.”

Q: “What do you feel makes Norwich unique?”
A:  “The small class sizes that allow for more personal interaction with instructors and classmates. The coursework is also challenging, yet manageable. I felt as though I really got my money’s worth.”

Q: “Please describe any memorable experiences from your time at Norwich.”
A:  “I really enjoyed residency week, where I got to put faces and personalities with names I had become familiar with over the past two years.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A:  “I have started my own private consulting practice since completing the program. I believe the program has given me the tools and additional knowledge to do so.”