July Engineer of the Month Builds Into Classroom, Co-op & Community

By: Ashley Duvelius
Date: July 1, 2016

Mitch Hudepohl, senior construction management student, is the Engineer of the Month at the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) for the month of July.

Mitch Hudepohl

For many, building the house of their dreams is a life goal which often entails a great deal of time, thought and planning to ensure their idea of perfection. From the formulation of the structure’s plans, to the purchase of materials and equipment, to the contracting of third party labor, to the actual execution of the plan and finishing touches, all of the integral aspects of the building process for such a dream house (or any structure for that matter) require strict supervision—and this is where construction management comes in.

The UC CEAS construction management (CM) program in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) is aimed at developing managers who have a strong understanding of technical and management principles and their application to today’s complex construction projects. The CM curriculum is based on a design-construct-maintain continuum that prepares graduates for employment in all facets of leadership and administration in the construction industry.

As a prime example of such leadership and construction administration expertise, CEAS July Engineer of the Month Mitch Hudepohl is now a senior in construction management and is also completing a minor in Business Administration. He is a member of the Sigma Lambda Chi (CM honor society) and serves as the President of the UC Chapter of the Construction Students Association (CSA). Mitch also serves as the Construction Competition Club President and is the former CSA treasurer. He volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity with CSA and he started and now leads the UC CSA’s CANstruction team.

Over the past year as president, Mitch oversaw many of the CM sub-committees, competitions and events including the NEWbuilders Competition held at UC and the Construction Connections event. He also competed in and placed first at the national-level Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Competition. This was UC’s fourth first-place win in the past six years! And in addition to taking gold, based in part on students’ strong competition performance, ABC named the UC Construction Student Association the “Student Chapter of the Year” for 2015-16.

Prior to coming to UC, Mitch held several leadership positions as an Eagle Scout, which he says, “helped to prepare me for where I am today.”  For example, Mitch ran a food drive and raised 1,693 pounds of unperishable food for the North Dearborn Food Pantry. He also built two permanent drop boxes that were placed in two local food banks.

“Throughout my life, I have always been devoted to my community and learned the importance of volunteering through helping my mom run school and church festivals,” Mitch explains.

Mitch’s leadership is also seen outside of the classroom at his co-op rotations. His first two co-op rounds were with ARCO National Construction, which is based out of St. Louis, MO. ARCO is a design build general contractor which means the company is not only responsible for the build but also for the design. Engineers and architects alike quickly recognized Mitch’s determination and thoroughness and often approached him for help with projects.

Mitch reflects, “My position was working in the office under two senior project managers. All of our jobs were out of town which allowed me to network with people all across the US. I did a lot of drawing, submittal, and shop drawing review along with estimating, LEED, procuring subcontractors, writing scopes of work, and coordination between the design team.”

Mitch’s final co-op rotations were with Balfour Beatty Construction in West Palm Beach, FL, and Danis Building Construction Company here in the Queen City.

As he enters his senior year, Mitch says, “I plan on continuing my involvement and then into the industry after graduation.”

Congratulations to Mitch Hudepohl on your immense successes thus far in your construction management journey and as the CEAS Engineer of the Month.

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