Q&A With Summer Interns - Part 3

Name: Ryan Wilson
From: St. Louis, Missouri
College: Washington University – Saint Louis, MO
Major: Architecture and Construction Management – MS
Expected Graduation: May 2019
Department: Build
Why were you interested in an internship at KAI?
I was interested in KAI, so that I can gain experience in the Construction Management field. Also, I like that KAI is a Design & Build firm. I love architecture and KAI will give me the opportunity to merge the two within what I do every day.
What did you hope to learn as an intern at KAI this summer?
I hoped to get a better understanding of what goes on within the Construction Management field. Also, to give me an idea of what I want to do within the field.
What would be your dream job?
I have not figured that out yet.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I am a single dad of one son named Bryan. He is nine years old and is the love of my life.
What or who has influenced your career choice?
The number one thing that influenced my career choice is my love for architecture and construction and, for as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with both. As a kid, I would always take every chance I could get to look at buildings and watch them go up in construction. My grandfather was the person who told me that I should find something in life that I loved to do and something that would never be phased out of society. Architecture and construction will always be a part of our world, so I will always be able to have job opportunities within it.
Name: Yelana Moton
From: East Saint Louis, Illinois
College: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Edwardsville, IL
Major: Construction Management – BS
Expected Graduation: December 2018
Department: Build
Why were you interested in an internship at KAI?
KAI grabbed my attention by having family-oriented personnel, a positive project success rate, and having an interest in my future. I couldn’t help but to find out why KAI’s name was hot on the market.
What did you hope to learn as an intern at KAI this summer?
This summer, I  wanted to get a good grasp on the sequence of new construction and enhance my abilities to work through difficult situations in a timely manner.
What would be your dream job?
Yacht Design. More realistically: landing a sweet job on somebody’s E-board or potentially having my own within the construction industry.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I have my motorcycle license and will be making a purchase when the time is right!
What or who has influenced your career choice?
My grandfather had a demolition business back in the day. Listening to his stories and hearing about his impact in the industry and in people’s lives steered me toward this career choice.

Name: Obadiah Boda
From: St. Louis, Missouri
College: Missouri University of Science and Technology – Rolla, MO
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering – BS
Expected Graduation: May 2020
Department: 360 Construction Services
Why were you interested in an internship at KAI?
I was excited when I received the opportunity to work at KAI because of the relation between my interests and what I will be doing. I am very interested in having hands-on situations rather than just the theoretical ones of education.
What did you hope to learn as an intern at KAI this summer?
I hoped to learn more about the construction process from receiving a design to final implementation. I am particularly interested in the electrical design and application process on my job sites.
What would be your dream job?
I would love to work on Machine learning and applying its principles to various control systems. I’ve always enjoyed finding ways to automate complicated tasks.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I worked at a homeless community center in North St. Louis City full-time for three years. I’ve developed a huge passion for the community and trying to do what I could to help.
What or who has influenced your career choice?
My dad had a huge impact on my career choice. He has done everything from carpentry to sheet metal work to roofing. While he never had a big, formal education, he is one of the best problem solvers I’ve met to this day. Growing up admiring his ability to solve any problem or fix anything made me want to be a professional problem solver (AKA an engineer).