Ryan Beach

Ryan Beach
Building Information Modeling (CM)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

Throughout my life I have loved designing things and using the creative side of my mind, however, I was a very logical thinker that loved math. I found BIM which was a perfect mix, allowing me to excel in the problem-solving and technical side of things, while also allowing room for design and creativity.

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?

I really like how the classes are set up and structured. Typically, there are designated lecture times early in the week where you learn the fundamentals/basis of the content, and then lab portions where you actively put the information into practice. I love this structure because the hands-on labs reflect the same real-world problems that are actually being solved in the industry today, preparing me for my future career. I also absolutely love the instructors and the welcoming learning environment they create within the CGT Department.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

One of my favorite projects was in CGT 118 (Fundamental of Imaging Technology) where we were tasked with creating an infographic on Adobe Illustrator. I created and designed an infographic poster that displayed every Purdue Football helmet design since 2000. Because it was an infographic, it was important that the design wasn’t only appealing, but purposeful and displayed information in an understandable way. The project showed me the real-world implications of design and allowed me to mix both logic and creativity into one product.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I am involved in the Purdue Data Mine Learning Community. It is a living and learning community that creates an environment for students aimed at learning more about data science, with an emphasis on data’s importance in our ever-evolving technology and data-based world. I have met new friends within the community and have learned so much about data science along the way.

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?

I wish someone had told me about the opportunities and connections that you can build within BIM. The programs and classes involved within the major typically have one step in the door of Construction Management classes as well as CGT classes, allowing you to meet so many different people. I love how Purdue has incredible professors/instructors and students that share interests and push everyone to do better. Following the same lines, it is important to know that Purdue Polytechnic has an international appeal and reputation, drawing large and respected companies to their career fairs and allowing strong connections to be made with trusted companies.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?

One piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students would be to get involved in clubs, organizations, and activities on campus. This can help you meet new people, explore your interests, and create a sense of community, making your college experience more enjoyable, fulfilling, and fun. Another piece of advice is that it is very important to go to office hours because talking to professors/TAs individually allows you to understand the material better and helps to form strong connections/relationships that can be utilized in the future.

Have questions? Email me at beach35@purdue.edu