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Winter 2009 Newsletter
| At the end of October, ten SCU civil engineering students,
including five sophomores, participated in the 2008 Granite Construction Collegiate Challenge in Sacramento. This hands-on learning experience introduced students to the world of heavy highway construction through six separate activities over the course of one long Saturday.
Student teams investigated laboratory-based quality control and quality assurance programs, estimated stockpile aggregate volumes, conducted a short GPS-based surveying exercise, examined/assessed a simulated on-site accident, operated construction equipment, and completed a detailed take-off and cost estimate for a roadway project.The very tired but thankful group of students all learned a lot and got to know each other much better.
A Student's Perspective by Nicholas de Cesare (Class of 2011): When i heard of the Granite Construction Collegiate Challenge I was initially hesitant about applying. I thought that, as just a sophomore, I would not know enough to be any
help to my team and the fact that it was against other schools with civil engineering and construction management majors made it even more daunting.Being just barely in my sophomore year, I was only just beginning to take classes specific to my
major. I perceived this as a huge disadvantage to all of the seniors and juniors likely to comprise the teams from the other invited colleges. But what I came to realize is the this would also be a great opportunity for me to learn what i would actually
be doing as a civil engineer in the field of heavy construction. In my experience as a sophomore, the Granite Construction Collegiate Challenge offered a prime opportunity for me and my peers to develop the skills we would need for the field of Civil Engineering. And more importantly, we learned new skills that would help us in the years of school we have left,
and the years beyond.
Recent Graduate Receives California Transportation Foundation Scholarship
In 2008, the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) awarded a scholarship to one of the students who attended the CTF Transportation Education Symposium in fall 2007. To compete for the scholarship, students were required to submit an essay entitled "What I Would do to Improve Transportation in California." SCU's Trevor Mallo and nine other students competed for the scholarship and his essay was judged best by a committee of CTF Board Members.
Sophomores Explore Global Warming
This Past fall, sophomore students enrolled in CENG 15 Computer Applications in Civil Engineering were asked to research global warming and present their perspectives for short and long-term civil engineering solutions to address the issue. Each student research group was encouraged to present all sides of the global warming discussion and visualize their role as the engineers who may be required to address the issue. The students generally agreed that global warming is a fact! They also concluded that global warming is not human-made but based on available data, it is human-accelerated. The students presented several ideas for the active technical and political roles civil engineers must play as our society changes course and moves toward the development of a more sustainable world.
Date (2009) Event/Activity
February 20 Postmark Deadline for the April FE/EIT Exam
February 25 ASCE/AGC Student Chapter Career Fair - Benson Memorial Center
For more information, please contact the department at 408-554-4061
April 16-18 ASCE Mid-Pacific Regional Student Conference at the University at Nevada, Reno
April 24 Civil PE Exam (General Civil Component)
April 25 Civil State-specific PE Exam Components (Surveying & Seismic Principles)
April 25 FE/EIT Exam
May 7 SCU School of Engineering Senior Design Conference
For more information, please visit http://www.scu.edu/engineering/srdesign/
June 13 SCU Undergraduate Commencement
Laisa Alcala Gabriel Alcantar Brandon Camilli
Steffany Castro Chiaming Chi Sara Doi
Patrick Grogan Kimberly Hoo Kristen Jackson
Martin Jordan Raymond Lam Trevor Mallo
Jasdeep Mangat Carla Villarreal Montes Ben Patriacca
Matthew Rechenmacher Edward Reyes Amy Swoboda
Bryant Troung Michael Wackerman Seale Wong