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Brian Kuhn - Mechanical Contractors Association student chapter

Brian Kuhn
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It is so important to get involved. The things I've been able to do at PSU are taking me everywhere I'm going."
~ Brian Kuhn, senior construction management major

Brian Kuhn was only a few credits into his college career when he found Pittsburg State University one night while surfing the web.

Attending a different Kansas university at the time, he was having a hard time finding the right major and feeling a sense of belonging to the campus.

"I just couldn't find my place," said Kuhn, who was interested in construction management but, with no program to choose from, was majoring in business. "I came here and right away I loved the personal atmosphere and that the professors were on my level. I transferred right away."

Since then, Kuhn has been a standout student in PSU's Department of Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies. Specifically, he got involved with the student chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association, nabbing scholarships, traveling to conferences, and networking with potential employers.

Set to graduate in May, his leadership with the group has been remarkable. Kuhn and his teammates placed 2nd in the nation in early March when they presented as one of the top four teams in the country at the annual MCA national convention in Maui (read more here).

The team's project, a comprehensive plan for the construction of a building in urban Palo Alto, Calif., was so well received that many team members got job offers and leads by members of the audience. As for Kuhn, he'll head to Kansas City after graduation to work as a project engineer for Alexander Mechanical.

"This experience was a great way to finish my senior year. To stick together and beat out teams like we did says a lot about our department and school," Kuhn said. "I would tell future students who come here to get involved in everything they can. It is so important to get involved. The things I've been able to do at PSU are taking me everywhere I'm going."