A lifelong builder: from Legos to civil engineering

By Alex Molini

June 1, 2022 — Daniel Ekwunife, BS’22 (Metro), of Hamilton, NJ, knows his future – he’s headed for full-time employment as a project engineer at Skanska.

“I love constructing buildings,” says Ekwunife. “When I was younger I used to play with Legos a lot. The whole process of a building, from the dirt to the steel aspects to the paint, the electrical processes involved and the HVAC, and see the whole thing coming to life is truly an amazing thing.

Portrait of a young man in a polo shirt, with greenery behind him.

Daniel Ekwunife, sporting his FDU Resident Assistant polo shirt.

He heard about the civil engineering job from adjunct professor Dominic Kruszewski, who discussed some companies and job opportunities in class.

“Our professors have been willing to give us a lot of guidance with industry,” Ekwunife said. “They are really knowledgeable. I am truly grateful for the opportunities they gave me and for all their words of wisdom. It also recognizes alumni and staff as sources of support and opportunity.

In the summer of 2021, Ekwunife completed an internship with Structure Tone as a Field Engineer and prior to that completed an internship at the City of Hackensack under the Director of Land Redevelopment. These two positions gave him a good understanding of what he will likely undertake in his new role at Skanska. “With Structure Tone, I coordinated with the contractor foremen to resolve any issues that arose,” Ekwunife explains, “and with the City of Hackensack, I followed up with advice on redevelopment project requests. and I attended all the meetings in the city.”

On campus, he was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Student Government Association, the Black Student Union, and as a resident assistant. “Being a Resident Assistant has given me the opportunity to work and socialize with a lot of people that I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. It’s a great way to come out of my shell. I’m grateful to FDU because I’ve met a lot of people in all kinds of disciplines, not just engineering, and they’ve all been part of my growth.

Now it’s time for him to put all his knowledge to good use. “My passion is to serve and help people by building the homes and facilities in which they will live and gather.”