Michael Payne is currently in his fifth year of study in Architectural Engineering at Penn State University. He will graduate in December 2012 with integrated Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectural Engineering Degrees with a focus in structural engineering. Upon graduation, he will receive EIT status and be ready to begin working towards his PE license.
In the summer of 2011, Michael interned as a project manager at Concrete Protection & Restoration, Inc. (CPRInc), a structural concrete repair company located in Baltimore, Maryland. During his time there, he learned valuable knowledge in the structural restoration industry, along with gaining useful project management skills. In the summer of 2012, Michael will be interning for Facility Engineering Association in Fairfax, VA. He will be training to do structural consultant work, among other things. Michael will be coming back to Penn State in the Fall to complete his 11th, and final, semester in the integrated BAE/MAE program before graduating in December 2012.
Along with excelling in his studies, Michael has become very involved with many organizations and other extracurricular activities. Last year, Michael founded (and currently presides over) a new technical organization called Earthquake Engineering Research Institute of Penn State (EERI-PSU). A multidisciplinary organization that focuses on earthquakes and seismic design, EERI-PSU had a very successful first year and is currently one of the largest student chapters in the nation. Also, as Vice President, Michael has played a strong role in reviving Penn State's student chapter of Structural Engineers Association (SEA).
Michael is proud to be part of several honors societies, including Tau Beta Pi (The Engineering Honors Society) and Pi Alpha Epsilon (The Architectural Engineering Honors Society). He also takes a very active role in community service, being a four year member of the Penn State Student United Way organization. Receiving the "member of the year" award last year for his services, Michael took many hours of his time to help serve the community. In addition to that, Michael enjoys helping at Habitat for Humanity as often as he can.
In his free time, Michael likes to play hardwood style acoustic guitar or shoot pool with the Penn State Billiard Club. He also enjoys being outdoors biking, hiking and running. Michael is an avid participant in Penn State Intramural Sports as well.