My name is Brook Thompson. I am a Yurok and Karuk Native American from Northern California. Currently I am a senior Civil Engineering student at Portland State University's Honor College. I hope to get my masters in the field someday. Diversity, health, and sustainability are main interests of mine. I plan to build zero-emission buildings, or more environmentally friendly structures with my degree and become a leader in the Yurok Tribe.
I am a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholar, American Indian Graduate Center's 2017 Undergraduate Student of the Year, Beat the Odds scholarship and, a Jim Thorpe Spirit Award recipient.
I am a President for the American Indian Society of Science and Engineering (AISES) chapter for Portland State, was communications officer and concrete canoe captain for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at Portland State, a member of Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), and Engineers without Borders (EWB). I was a founder and president for Semester at Sea's Multi-racial student union.
I have spent half a year at the University of Auckland New Zealand in 2015 taking classes in the Maori World View, sociology, and advertising. While I was there, I also looked into green roof development. I took a class from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in business and entrepreneurship through the Horatio Alger scholarship in 2017. In 2018 I spent a half a year in Washington D.C. attending the George Washington University studying political science through the Native American Political Leadership Program while I interned for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Minority Staff. In 2018 I attended Semester at Sea through Colorado State University where I took ecology and political science classes on a converted cruse ship while I visited Germany, Spain, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, China, and Japan.