CEIE freshman, Jordan Poffenberger, applies fluid mechanics intuitively as a member of the U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team. After graduating from high school in Fairfax, VA, in 2011, Jordan devoted himself full-time to kayaking, expanding his competitions to South America and Africa. In 2012, he competed in the World Cup closed deck canoe and open canoe classes placing second, and then won in both categories at the Green River race, in North Carolina.
This fall, Jordan returned to school as a freshman civil engineering student, close to his favorite river, the Potomac, but he also made time to compete at the 2013 Freestyle World Championships, winning in both categories thereby making him the reigning world champion in both classes. And as if running rapids isn’t enough, Jordan also holds the world record for the highest waterfall run in a closed-deck canoe, upping the competition this year by running the 82-foot tall Metlako Falls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.