September Undergraduate

Brook Thompson

Klamath, California
Gates Millennium Program

Portland State University
Civil Engineering
GPA 3.12

Community Service

  • Frontline Wellness United (non-profit that provides medical aid to those on the frontlines of humanitarian efforts)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society (including high school out reach)
  • Helping out at t


My name is Brook Thompson; I am a Yurok and Karuk Native American and a third year Civil Engineering student at Portland State University’s Honor College. I hope to get my Ph.D. in the field someday. Diversity, health, and sustainability are main interests of mine. My passion comes from my grandfather who was one of the last native speakers of our language and me having been witness to the largest salmon kill in American history on my shores. This has pushed me to want to rise above the alcoholism and poverty I was surrounded with to help pull other tribes push through from adversity and into a more 7th generation focused future where the health and well-being of our grandkids and environment are a priority.

I currently work at the City of Portland in the Bureau of Environmental Services as an environmental engineer trainee/ intern. I am currently a project manager for a sewer rehabilitation project. I am a recipient of the Beat the Odds scholarship and a Gates Millennium Scholar, as well as a Jim Thorpe Spirit Award recipient. I plan to build zero-emission buildings, or more environmentally friendly structures with my degree and become chairperson of the Yurok Tribe. I have been a communications officer and concrete canoe captain for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at Portland State, a student leader for the American Indian Society of  Science and Engineering (AISES) chapter for Portland State, a member of Society of Women Engineers, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, and Engineers without Borders (EWB).