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CSULB ASCE Chapter Recognized

Published May 4, 2020

The CSULB chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is finishing the academic year with a number of awards.

For the second year running, the chapter received a Certificate of Commendation, a distinction reserved for the top 5 percent of ASCE student chapters globally. In April, the CSULB chapter placed sixth overall at the Annual Pacific Southwest Conference. For this year's competition, which was solely based on technical reports, the CSULB chapter placed third in Transportation Competition, fourth in the GeoWall Competition, and fifth in the Timber Strong Design-Build Competition.

At the ASCE Orange County Branch Awards Dinner in February,  Dr. Lisa Star was named Outstanding Faculty Advisor, alumni Chirath "Chuck" Karunathilake Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer, and 2018-19 ASCE CSULB Co-President Marionne Lapitan Outstanding Practitioner Advisor.

They were among three of the outstanding individuals who were recognized by the ASCE Orange County Board of Direction this year. Outstanding local civil engineering projects completed in the last year were also celebrated at the event.

In the photo above are (left to right): Danny Mejia (Alumni), Michael Dinicola (Student), Nathaniel Kapongo (Student), Dr. Lisa Star (Faculty Advisor), Chuck Karunathilake (Alumni), Marionne Lapitan (Alumni), Matthew Mendoza (Student), and Victor Aguirre (Alumni)

In November, the chapter received the Outstanding ASCE OC YMF Student Chapter of the Year during the Annual History and Heritage/Student Scholarship Night. The chapter previously won the award from 2013-16. CSULB Civil Engineering students received the following scholarships:

  • Gary O. Gilbert Scholarship: Michael Dinicola
  • Construction Institute Scholarship and Achievement Scholarship: James Baker-Arend
  • Structural Engineering Institute Scholarship: Teresa Rebolledo
  • Environmental & Water Resources Institute Scholarship: Matthew Mendoza
  • Transportation & Development Institute Scholarship: Thao Tran