Alumni Testimonials

Nicholasa Waggoner

, Class of 2013
Norwich's Master of Civil Engineering program has made me even more proud to be an engineer.
Nicholasa Waggoner, Class of 2013

Q: “Nicholasa, tell us about you as a person.”
A: “I’m a newlywed living in the Dallas area where I now teach engineering and architecture design classes. I enjoy traveling all over the world.”

Q: “What is your current employer and job title?”
A: “I work for Garland ISD as an architecture and engineering teacher.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “I worked for five years for the Texas Department of Transportation in the engineering department. I realized that to go forward in my career I needed an advanced degree, so I decided to back to school.”

Q: “What makes Norwich unique?”
A: “It is home to the oldest private civil engineering program – that is huge!”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “I am more careful in my analysis. I am more thoughtful in making my own teaching assignments be as interesting and relevant to my own students as the Norwich professors did with me.”

Q: “Have you been able to incorporate your new knowledge into your teaching?”
A: “In a nod to the MCE wastewater treatment class, I introduced the topic to my students and we spent a unit learning about reducing our impact. Also, as a sponsor of the National Honor Society at my school, we started the ‘Green Team’ to bring awareness and action to our community.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A: “The friends and contacts I have made will be with me always. Pre-residency and residency week challenges and triumphs are something I will never forget. Norwich Forever!”

Q: “Is there anything else that you wish to share about how Norwich has impacted you?”
A: “I already had a deep respect for an engineering degree as I come from a family legacy of engineers. This program has made me even more proud to be an engineer – it was challenging and thought provoking.”