One Story: CEE PhD student Jose Rivera-Perez

The Graduate College presenst to you, One Story, a new video series featuring some of our amazing graduate students. These stories demonstrate the compassion that joins us together and the core of the spirit that drives us, each one singularly compelling as it reveals the many dimensions of the Illinois experience. We are proud of each and everyone of our 16,000+ graduate students and look forward to sharing some of your stories.

A Civil Engineering PhD student from Puerto Rico, Jose Rivera-Perez has wanted to help people and build better buildings for as long as he can remember.  His research gives him the opportunity to go back home and protect the island and the family he loves.