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Maile and Tyler at Jordanelle Dam in Heber Utah

Maile Rogers

Civil Engineering, PhD Student

What got you started in your engineering research?

While in high school I worked part time for my family's general contracting firm. When I started college I did not know what I wanted to study, but I was absolutely sure I did not want to study construction management (CM). I could not decide on a major so my father suggested I take the introductory course for the CM program, just to see what I thought. I LOVED that first class, and after that I was hooked.
 
I graduated from BYU with a BS in CM. I returned home to work as a project manager/estimator for my family's firm. After working I chose to return to BYU and earned an MS in CM.  After graduation I started teaching in the CM program at BYU.
 

What has been your involvement in the engineering program?

When I was hired to teach, I was the first full-time female faculty member for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. After teaching for a year, the administration encouraged me to pursue a PhD and I chose the field of civil engineering, which is closely related to CM. 

 

What are some of the projects you have been involved in?

I participated in the Society for Women in Engineering (SWE) and the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC).  I have been a judge for multiple ACI Excellence in Concrete competitions.
 
I had the opportunity to work as a graduate research assistant. I mentored and managed undergraduate students, did consulting work in the community through the research group, participated in service projects, attended many conferences in Utah and around the country, gave a presentation at TRB and authored and coauthored several reports and papers, including an article in the TRR.
 
I worked as a laboratory facilities coordinator for the Pavement and Materials Laboratory group in the civil engineering department.
 

What have you learned through your experience in engineering?

I learned there are a lot of people who want to see me succeed, and they are willing to do a lot to help me accomplish my goals. I learned I am smart and capable and can do just about anything I put my mind to. I learned I can do hard things.