Alumni Testimonials

Jon Borah

Master of Civil Engineering
, Class of 2019
Jon Borah, portrait
I needed a forum that was going to let me engage with the teacher and other students regularly. Norwich met that need more than I could have hoped for.
Jon Borah, Class of 2019
Master of Civil Engineering

Q: “Tell us about yourself, your interests, and professional experience:

A: "I have 3 sons: Carson, Crawford, & Chase. I’ve been married to my best friend since grade school Maelee for 5 years now and she is currently pursuing her 2nd Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Mae and I enjoy horseback riding, and I love to explore technology and incorporating it into remodeling efforts.

I graduated from the US Air Force Academy with degrees in civil and environmental engineering. I’m commissioned as an Officer and pursued a career as a pilot. When life moved in a different direction, I changed careers and became a developmental engineer in charge of billion dollar assets around the globe first as a hardware systems engineer and then becoming the chief engineer on a new system where I currently manage about 30 people with varying ranges of expertise.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”

A: “I have always had a passion for learning and while a master’s degree might not have been a requirement for future promotion, I wanted to be prepared not just for that possible change but for the eventual departure from the military.”

Q: “Why did you pursue and online degree with Norwich?”

A: “For me the fact that I was active duty military made my choice for online a necessity. I didn’t know where I’d be living two years into the program or if I’d end up deployed half way through. You can’t go to college on those kinds of unanswered questions. I needed a forum that was going to let me engage with the teacher and other students regularly. Norwich met that need more than I could have hoped for. I’m closer to some of my classmates more than people I work with on a daily basis.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally since completing your coursework and degree?“

A: “I have been able to cover areas of my job outside of my lane taking on tons of extra responsibilities. Shortly after I started, my program manager left and was never replaced. I had to take on all of his responsibilities managing 13 project across 5 sites located around the globe. If it weren’t for my courses here and the close mentoring of my contractors, I would have surely sunk.”