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UND Today: “Leader in Action: Brendan Blades pursues UND engineering degree — from Seattle”

The pyramids in Egypt. Stonehenge in Britain. Roman bridges. The Great Wall of China.

These everlasting architectural and engineering wonders fascinate Brendan Blades. It’s a fitting allure for him, one that marries his long love of history with his more recent interest in engineering.

Blades holds a bachelor’s degree in history, which was supposed to lead to a career in education. Today, however, it kindles his passion for civil engineering, which he is studying online at the University of North Dakota.

“I enjoy reading about how different cultures practiced engineering in the past, practiced architecture,” said Blades. “Civil engineering is a chance to meld that passion with something more practical.”


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