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Where′s Jacob Kapitan, CE ′04?

April 2010

After graduating from Tri–State University with a bachelor′s degree in civil engineering, Jake moved to Texas to complete a master′s degree in structural engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. He then accepted a position as structural engineer for Walter P. Moore & Associates in Houston, a premier structural engineering consulting firm that designs many large–scale commercial structures nationally and internationally.

Jake has participated in the engineering of projects in the sports, healthcare, institutional and commercial market sectors. He has been fortunate enough to gain experience in many aspects of structural engineering, including building design, project management, construction document development and coordination, contract proposals and construction administration services.

Most recently, Jake participated in the design and management of a new 285,000–square–foot hospital expansion for Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands, Texas, where he played an integral role in coordinating the expansion with the existing structure using building information modeling (BIM). Prior to the Memorial Herman project, he was lead design engineer for a 13–story medical research tower for Texas Children′s Hospital in Houston. Jake is a licensed civil engineer in the states of Texas and California.

"Tri–State gave me the opportunity to study engineering and participate in athletics. The combination provided many opportunities to develop key leadership traits like teamwork, time management and mental toughness that would not have been possible at many other large universities," Jake said. "I believe that playing football while completing an engineering degree has given me a competitive advantage over many of my peers. I am more confident in pressure situations and have developed the unwavering resolve it takes to truly excel in difficult situations."

Some of his fondest campus memories are playing football on cool fall afternoons and then hanging out all evening with his family and friends after the games. He is passionate about maximizing his potential and building lasting relationships. "When I am working, I try to excel at the highest level possible. However, developing great friendships outside of work is just as important as excelling professionally," he said. In his free time, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, golfing, working out, traveling and hanging out with friends.

Trine Travelers

Spring 2010

Please submit your photos from around the globe to alumni@trine.edu

Alums Larry Fifer, BAD ′07, and Kathie Wentworth, EDU ′90, traveled to Paris over spring break as part of the Trine honors seminar class, "Paris and Normandy: D–Day, Art and Architecture."

Alums Autumn Hulting, EDU ′03, and Niclas Hulting, BSBA ′03, (with family), in Athens, Greece. Summer 2009.

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