Michael R. Nestor

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Technology
Graduation Year: 
Fairview, WV
Current City: 
Flemington, WV
Current Position and Company: 
Managing Member of Ascent Consulting and Engineering
What brought you to Fairmont State University?: 
Academic Scholarship
Were you a commuter or a resident?: 
What activities were you involved with as a student?: 
American Society of Civil Engineers and Research Assistant through the student work program
Of all the classes you took, what is the one class you would recommend everyone take? Who taught it? Why would you recommend it?: 
I believe it used to be called Literature 230. Dr. Bob Grattan taught it. He gave an amazing perspective on literary works. He really taught you how to read into a situation and examine it from different points of view. Those skills are life skills that are used every single day.
Did you have a favorite professor, staff member, coach, or mentor who really impacted your life?: 
Dr. Anthony Brizendine and Ted Stilgenbauer gave me opportunities as an underclassman that shaped my career. Tia Como has also been an amazing mentor and good friend.
Share your best college memory.: 
ASCE Virginia’s Conference. We didn’t win any canoe competitions back then but we had fun trying and I would like to think we paved the way for the success that our current teams are having! LOL
What do you remember most vividly from your time at Fairmont State?: 
Friendships and hard work!
Describe Fairmont State in three words.: 
Family, Personal, Practical
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?: 
Honestly, I feel like I was very well prepared.
How did your experience at Fairmont State shape your career path?: 
Totally changed it….I started with no major and was leaning towards physical therapy. Dr. Brizendine found me and changed my life.
What advice or insight do you have for Fairmont State alumni and students interested in your career field?: 
There are literally dozens of avenues that you can go to for work. Civil Engineering is a broad area of study and the education you receive from FSU is well balanced.
What is the last book you read? : 
“Good to Great”
List 3-5 fun facts about yourself that most people probably wouldn’t know. : 
I am addicted to Wicked Tuna on Nat Geo
I love coaching youth sports
Other than that, I am about as boring as they come.