This summer, Civil & Environmental Engineering student Jonah Brown is contributing to the construction of the new Applied Sciences Building right here on campus in his role as a Project Intern with Okland Construction.

Entering his junior year, Jonah is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering to fulfill his long-time aspiration: to work on landmark buildings that cities are known for—a passion that has been driving him since he was 11 years

Jonah Brown posing at a construction siteJonah’s time at the University of Utah has been enriched by the relationships he has built and the classes he has taken. Among his favorite courses are Statics and Strength of Materials, which have laid a strong foundation for his engineering education. Outside the classroom, Jonah is an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, which he joined in Spring 2023. His fraternity experience has helped him develop leadership skills and confidence—traits that will help him in his engineering career. Notably, his chapter raised over $300,000 for cancer research this year, a testament to their collective dedication and effort.

In his current role as a Project Engineer intern, Jonah is not only involved in the construction of the Applied Sciences building but also in the renovation of the Stewart building. He expresses deep gratitude towards his team, especially his mentor David, for their continuous support and guidance in navigating the construction industry.

Jonah’s connection to the University of Utah runs deep. With a family legacy that includes his great-grandmother, grandfather, father, and brother all having graduated from the U, attending this university has always been his dream. He feels privileged to contribute to its growth by helping build remarkable structures on campus.

Combining academic rigor, practical experience, and community involvement, Jonah’s experiences in the Civil & Environmental Engineering program, his internships, and his Sigma Chi membership at the University of Utah will undoubtedly equip him to achieve his goal of creating the landmark structures that define cities.