CECEM Grads Recognized for their Achievement

Students graduating from the Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department and program supporters were recognized for their achievements Friday at the CECEM Department Celebration.

William Wolfe, CSULB’s first Beavers Endowed Chair of Heavy Civil Construction, was singled out for special recognition for helping the heavy civil construction program acquire its first major piece of equipment. Wolfe, Faculty Emeritus for the Ohio State University Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodesic Engineering, joined CSULB in fall 2016.

“It has been a great privilege to have you with us,” Dean Forouzan Golshani said to Wolfe.

Coleman Leslie ‘15, a Senior Project Engineer at Driver, received a CECEM Distinguished Alumni Award to his strong support of the Reno Competition. Leslie graduated from CSULB with a degree in Construction Engineering Management.

Outstanding Student Awards were handed out to Sam Melvin (MSCE), Carlos Ernesto Martinez (BSCEM), and Carla Aboud (BSCE), and the Outstanding Student Research Award to Daniel Saldana BSCE).

Professional Leadership Award recipients were John Good (CE) and Alexis Sanchez (CEM). Student Competition Awards went to Anesia Canty (CE) and Richard Ball (CEM). Civil engineering major Matt Butler, a member of the NCAA-winning Long Beach State Men’s Volleyball team, also received special recognition. Long Beach State’s win over UCLA earlier this month marked the team’s first national championship since 1991.

Tracy Maples, associate dean of academic programs, urged graduates to stay in touch. “You’ve suffered together. You’ve had triumphs together. We’d like to help you keep in touch and keep in touch with us.”

Hamid Rahai, associate dean of research and graduate programs, said the College of Engineering research program has grown to more than $7.5 million, up from $1 million several years ago. “Consider attending CSULB for a master’s degree,” he said. “Continuous education is the name of the game in our field, so stay connected.”

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