Resourcefulness and imagination are hallmarks of any successful architect, and both are in abundant supply in Roman Titov, who virtually built his own academic program in pursuing his dream career.
Now Roman has been awarded a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship. He will conduct research on project management at the University of Calgary in Canada. He credits his experience at Farmingdale for opening new worlds for him.
For instance, he completed majors in construction management engineering technology and architectural engineering technology so he could combine the planning and design stages of architecture with the business development requirements of construction. The idea now serves as a model to other Farmingdale State students who have similar aspirations.
"I never thought that I would be so involved in the planning of my major," said Roman. "I know that construction management is a great field, but I also love the design and architectural side. I have had the opportunity to learn both which will definitely help me in pursuing a career."
Already looking forward to kicking off a career in construction management, Roman's ultimate goal is to one day run his own streamlined company that is involved from the design stage all the way through to construction. It is a trend that is gaining widespread popularity not only in the real world, but in the classrooms of the college, where the concept is explored and taught.
For Roman, campus life at the college was more than just having fun--it was also about creating fun. He was involved in the Campus Activities Board and organized ultimate frisbee tournaments. He also helped popularize the Freestyle Society, a group that performs an improvisational form of rapping or poetry, performed with few or no previously composed lyrics.
Roman also found time to be of service to others. He was one of the more than 500 students that live on campus and served as a residence hall assistant, helping residents with both personal and academic questions and enforcing residence hall safety and security policies.
"Living on campus was great for me," Roman says. "I enjoy helping others and getting the total college experience for myself. I like to experience as much as I can."
He has even ventured successfully into poetry. Roman was awarded first prize in the Raynor Wallace Award for Poetry for his poem Move. The award is given annually to outstanding Farmingdale student-poets and is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. He was also selected to represent Farmingdale at SUNY Day in Albany, an annual advocacy event, where he spoke with legislative leaders about the college's progress and funding priorities.
Even with all his extracurricular activities, Roman still managed to keep his focus on the classroom and his career. That includes an internship with Plaza Construction, a New York City construction management firm, where he experienced how the operations of the firm worked and how to organize institutional resources.