Alumni Testimonials

Joseph Corrado Marvasi

Master of Civil Engineering
, Class of 2019
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Norwich’s program stood out at first because it did not require a GRE test, but its water resource curriculum, low student-teacher ratio, and 18-month course degree timeline helped me make the final decision.
Joseph Corrado Marvasi, Class of 2019
Master of Civil Engineering
Environmental/Water Resources

Q: “Tell us about yourself: your family, friends, and interests/ hobbies.”

A: “My wife and I live in Newark, Delaware, close to my hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where most of my family still lives. Outside of engineering, I enjoy traveling with my wife and friends to the many breweries in Delaware and surrounding areas, exploring the wooded outdoors from White Clay Creek State Park to the Delaware Water Gap, and riding my bikes both on wooded trails or roads. At my alma mater at the University of Delaware, I discovered cycling as a sport in 2014 and have been regularly involved in recreational and competitive cycling races ever since.

My family consists of hardworking, blue-collar people who have worked in various careers, but I am proud to be the first in engineering. In addition to engineering, I also teach as an adjunct professor at a community college within the mathematics and civil engineering technology departments.”

Q: “Please describe, briefly, your professional experience and current employment.”

A: “I currently work at a civil engineering land development firm which focuses on sustainable, low-impact design. I recently passed the Professional Engineering Exam, allowing me to work as a design professional and continue becoming an associate or partner within the firm. My current role is designing and coordinating projects for both remediating stormwater features and redeveloping commercial properties that, by design, leave a smaller or cleaner hydrological and environmental footprint within its watershed.”

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

A: “The motivation of pursuing a master’s degree was to further my understanding and marketability of water resource engineering after my bachelor’s work. I discovered a desire within the water resource engineering field late into my time as an undergraduate, so I needed a course structure which helped me achieve my goal.”

Q: “What are your future professional plans?”

A: “My future plans are to continue to practice civil engineering and teach at the community college level. In the long-term scope, I would like to either become an owner at my current company, start my own firm with colleagues within my engineering network, or begin a career as an engineering professor at a four-year university.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich, how did you learn about the university? What makes Norwich unique? What made Norwich’s program stand out?”

A: “When initially searching for colleges, I needed an online program for its time-oriented flexibility to balance with a full-time job as I began my career. For my living situation and other pursuits, a classroom setting course was not an option. My hesitation with the online curriculum was the potential weak connection between professors to their students and students to their peers. But from the first class, the professors at Norwich made a great effort to connect with their students and encourage student engagement for a very positive experience. The professors held a high standard of themselves, and the college gave personal touches within their courses, which felt just as if I was within a physical classroom.

Although I do not have a military background or family history, Norwich’s military roots gave me confidence that its programs were more aptly structured in practicality. Norwich’s program stood out at first because it did not require a GRE test, but its water resource curriculum, low student-teacher ratio, and 18-month course degree timeline helped me make the final decision.”

Q: “What has been your biggest personal or professional success since completing your degree?”

A: “My biggest professional success since my time in Norwich was passing the Professional Engineering License Exam. Within the many fields of engineering, civil/site development is one of the most crucial steps to obtain a professional license to advance within the field. My time at Norwich’s water resources concentration helped me prepare more thoroughly for the intensive exam.

My graduation from Norwich’s civil engineering water resource program was met with more responsibility and leadership within my company’s water resource engineering division. From that, and the aid of my professional license, I was able to advance further within the company and improve both my career and personal life.”

Q: “Please tell us about a time(s) in which you could put your knowledge gained in the classroom to work immediately at your job.”

A: “Shortly after graduation at Norwich, my firm was selected to reconstruct a 30-year-old, forgotten, and severely eroded drainage channel, which provided stormwater relief for a 30-acre mixed-use research and development campus. The project included floodplain analysis, peak stormwater flow rates, and a hydrological study, which materialized into a multi-tiered, dual weir, and scoured hole constructed from rock gabion baskets. This project eventually went on to win the American Council of Engineering Companies (AECE) of Delaware Engineering Excellence Award of 2020 and the AECE National Recognition Award of that same year.”