Stefan started at Monmouth as a physics and pre-engineering student, completing his B.A. in physics at Monmouth and his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He went on to earn an M.S. in Civil Engineering with a geotechnical focus at Mississippi State University.
Since 2014, Stefan has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, primarily on projects related to dam and levee safety on the Mississippi River in Quincy, Ill. He’s also been part of a project in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to help protect the city from consistent annual flooding.
Stefan was a fullback for the Fighting Scots football team during his time at Monmouth, and he was thrilled when the College announced the addition of a B.S. in Engineering degree.
In July 2021, Stefan was awarded the 2021 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Early Career Geoprofessional of the Year award by the Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Stefan shares, “While simply being nominated for the award meant a lot to me, I was humbled to have been selected. It was equally exciting to see an award created for early career professionals. This award is a testament to the leadership of the Geotechnical, Geology & Materials Community of Practice and their efforts to support, involve and recognize our employees at all professional levels.”
“I was very excited to hear about the new programs. It’s a very good step forward for the College, and it’s something they can really build on. It’s going to provide an avenue to good jobs and really prepare Monmouth’s students for the STEM careers of the future.”