Santa Clara University

The Johnson Scholars Program

Erik McAdams '14

Hometown: Lake Oswego, Ore.
Major/Minor: civil engineering/Spanish
Mentor: Tonya Nilsson, lecturer, civil engineering
Project: Analyzing Rural Houses in Ecuador

Erik McAdams has a passion for using his skills to improve the quality of life of others. His study of civil engineering and Spanish at SCU has sparked an insatiable curiosity, which he plans to explore as a Johnson Leadership Fellow, and further develop as a Fulbright fellow after graduation. The focus of his research is to better understand a key root of poverty from an engineer's perspective, related to rural housing in Ecuador and offer potential design improvements to help rural residents with inadequate housing. A crucial component of this research will be the ability to lead in an international setting. After completing a Fulbright, Erik intends to pursue a master's degree in civil engineering and work in sustainable development.