CECEM Grads Recognized for their Achievement at Department Event

Students graduating from the Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department were recognized for their achievement Monday at the CECEM Department Graduation.

“Today’s event is organized for you to have another chance to meet with your faculty,” said Dean Forouzan Golshani. “On behalf of the faculty and staff of this university, we salute you as peers.”

David Callis ‘88, a Senior Vice President at Swinerton Builders, and Jeff Goodermote ‘10, director of Parking Structures at Swinerton, received CECEM Distinguished Alumni Awards. Callis and Goodernote both graduated from CSULB with degrees in Construction Engineering Management.

“It feels like just yesterday that I was studying here,” said Callis, adding that department chair Tesfai Goitom was one of his professors.

Callis said it’s exciting to be working on bridges, dams, airports, and other projects. However, more important than the projects are the people. “Companies don’t build projects,” said Callis. “People build projects.”

Callis said six of Swinerton’s nine board members are CSULB grads. He advised graduations to stay connected and support the CECEM department. “The future business leaders of this industry are in this room,” he said.

Outstanding Student Awards were handed out to Alan H. Haduong (MSCE), John C. Pape (BSCEM), and William A. Pasco (BSCE), and the Outstanding Student Research Award to Andres F. Uribe.

Professional Leadership Award recipients were Lauren Kilroy (CE) and Alejandro Murillo (CEM). Student Competition Awards went to Ryan Redman (CE) and Abraham Espadas (CEM).