Louis E. Mezzopera
Construction Systems Management
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Celebration Program (.pdf)
One of the most valuable undergraduate learning experiences Louis Mezzopera had was the opportunity to be a part of the 2019 National Association of Home Builders student competition with OSU. The competition gave him a chance to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real-world example through completing a management project/proposal. Outside of just participating in the competition, he said attending the International Builders Show was an unforgettable learning experience.
For Louis, the most enjoyable and rewarding experience of his undergraduate career has been his involvement with the Student-Alumni Council (SAC). The Student-Alumni Council aims to enhance the connection between students past, present, and future by fostering a sense of community and instilling a lifelong commitment to one’s alma mater. SAC has been a defining college experience for him, and before joining this organization, Louis struggled to find his place at Ohio State. Now Louis is certain that he is a Buckeye for life!
Louis has completed three internships related to his interest in construction with 3 Pillar Homes, Cleveland Construction, Inc., and Enzoco Custom Homes.
Louis worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for three semesters before beginning his most recent internship, which served as his part-time job in addition to classes. This opportunity became one of the highlights of his Construction Systems Management degree program, as he tried to make this work more than just a job, but an opportunity to guide and mentor the younger CSM students. Louis feels one of the greatest assets to the CSM program is the opportunity to have a close relationship with the professors.
Through his involvement with the Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program, Louis has given hundreds of hours of service to OSU and Columbus through service events. The most significant opportunity Louis had was spending a full year of service with the Community Kitchen of Columbus, providing hot meals to the less fortunate 2-3 times per week.
Undergraduate honors bestowed on Louis included: Dean’s List | OSU Provost Scholarship | CFAES Newcomb Scholar | Ohio Contractors Association Scholarship | SMPS Columbus Scholarship | Simpson Strong-Tie Scholarship.
After graduation, Louis plans to continue pursuing a career in the residential building sector. Somewhere down the road, he would like to be an entrepreneur and one day earn his MBA degree to enhance his business skillset.
Mr. Phil Sutton has made a significant impact on Louis’ career at OSU. As his mentor, Mr. Sutton is one of the most genuine people he has ever met. Mr. Sutton invests deeply into his students’ lives, and his passion for teaching and for life are always evident. Mr. Sutton has shared his time with Louis on numerous occasions, focusing on his future career path and where an entrepreneurial career may lead him. Louis shared that Mr. Sutton constantly encourages and pushes him to the best version of himself. Louis knows that he will always support him, being merely a phone call away after graduation.