Changing his major from engineering after realizing that it was nothing like construction, Chris Durnil found his place in the building construction management (BCM) program.
“My first class at the construction lab in the basement of Knoy solidified my choice in BCM and construction,” he says. “This lab provides students the unique ability to follow a professor’s lecture with hands-on, practical application.”
Although each professor provided Durnil with lifelong lessons, one professor stood out.
“It was Professor Fritz Muehlhausen’s delivery and content that provided the most lasting impacts on my career,” he recalls. “Fritz’s classes really challenged me to problem-solve by contemplating all aspects of the project — and not just the variables presented. In both site logistics and project accounting, Fritz taught me skills that I still rely upon today.”
With a strong foundation from his Purdue education and a few internships, Durnil entered the workforce at Bowen Engineering Corporation. Now a purchasing manager, Durnil describes his current role as “challenging, rewarding and fun.” He enjoys the ability to make a difference and keep the world moving forward.
“At Bowen I get the opportunity to work on teams building environmentally friendly power plants with cleaner emissions, water plants that use less energy, and wastewater plants that result in cleaner streams and rivers,” Durnil says.