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Undergraduate Co-op

morphious office in LA

While at Buro Happold, one CAEE student performed an energy analysis for the Morphosis Studio, a new 11,600 sq. ft. building in Culver City with an open plan office space and sustainability features.

CAEE undergraduate students can gain significant technical experience in the engineering industry before graduation through the Cooperative Engineering Education Program, or Co-op, an experiential learning program.

Co-op students complete at least two semesters of full-time work with the same employer and receive one hour of letter grade credit per semester.

Two CAEE students recently spent two semesters in Los Angeles at the international engineering consulting firm Buro Happold.

Architectural engineering seniors Kathleen Hetrick and Morgan Allford spent several months applying technical knowledge learned in the classroom on real projects, while working alongside professionals from the firm's West Coast anchor office.  

Kathleen developed an energy analysis report for the award-winning Morphosis Studio project and LEED v4 certification of the renovated office Buro Happold inhabits at 800 Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. The firm helped Kathleen obtain LEED certification as well.

Morgan worked on the construction documents for the Baylor University Stadium with the project's design firm, Populous. She also started preliminary structural analysis and wind load studies on the fa├žade for a science museum in Dubai.

Both students agreed that the co-op experience was life-changing and appreciated the opportunity to work on complex projects while earning a salary.

"Participating in a co-op made me appreciate the coursework I completed," says Kathleen.

The company expressed interest in employing both students after graduation.

For more information please contact the Engineering Co-op office or CAEE Senior Lecturer, Gregory Brooks.