My name is Jesse Taavola and I am from Maple Grove, Minnesota. I am currently a sophomore studying computer science at the University of Minnesota. I was exposed to the world of construction at an early age. My father is a civil engineer specialized in transportation services and often works with construction companies. When I hear about his projects, I recognize the importance of the industry, and his enthusiasm has shown me the joy that can be gained from it. Construction is very information-intensive, so computer scientists and information technology workers are very important to the industry. As a computer science major, the ability to contribute to a very essential industry while gaining great experience intrigued me greatly.
This past summer, I worked at C.S. McCrossan as an IT intern. C.S. McCrossan, located in Maple Grove, MN, is a family-owned highway/heavy civil general contractor. Their services include paving, building structures, underground utility work, transit construction, and material supply (aggregate, bituminous mix, and concrete). As a kid, my family and I would often drive by the many piles from C.S. McCrossan’s material supply, but I never really considered why they were there or who owned them. I remember thinking of them as ‘The Mountains of Maple Grove’. Little did I know I’d be working on drone data processing on those very same ‘Mountains’ years later.
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