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The Sky's the Limit for Civil Engineer Kyle Berg

Kyle Berg: 2012 UMD graduate of the first Master of Science in Civil Engineering class.

This spring, Kyle Berg will graduate from UMD with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. A few days later, he will walk into his first day of work at Permasteelisa Group, a worldwide leading contractor in the engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems.

Permasteelisa Group first caught Berg’s eye while he was at a career fair in the Twin Cities. The company is thriving; they have business presence in four continents and generate a yearly turnover in excess of one billion Euro. Apparently, Berg caught their eye as well.

The company hired him on as a structural engineer. He will be assigned his own building project, where he will specifically work with and design curtain walls. A curtain wall system is the outer glass layer seen on most skyscrapers; it protects the building from the elements. He will get to oversee and manage the project until its completion.

“It’s going to be very exciting to be involved in a project that will define a city skyline for a long time to come,” Berg said.

Berg started at UMD in pursuit of his B.S. in Civil Engineering. He says the individualized attention from professors and conducting a funded research project definitely helped prepare him for the new job.

“My research project doesn’t specifically pertain to my future job, but it served as an excellent basis of how to critically think in engineering applications,” he said. “It will be refreshing and challenging to venture in a new path.”

His structural focus ties directly to his position at the company, which has created iconic buildings like the Hearst Tower and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The idea of designing a building that will be standing for years to come is one of Berg’s favorite aspects of engineering.

And soon enough, a new iconic building just might have Kyle Berg’s engineering as the cornerstone of its foundation.

Written by Maeggie Licht, April 2012

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