Students and former students came together for lunch March 14 at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. And though most had never met each other, they shared a permanent and life-altering link. The event gathered scholarship and fellowship recipients and the families who are helping pay for the students’ education.
Engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger has selected civil engineering junior Arjun Bir for the 2017 Buchberg Scholarship. The award recognizes academic success as well as involvement beyond the classroom. It’s named for School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus Brandon Buchberg.
Two returning scholars are among the five School of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students who have won funding this year from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists program. The number of winners in the School is the most in recent memory and almost certainly a record for civil and environmental engineering students.
Civil engineering undergraduate Andrew Melissas is the 2016 Buchberg Scholar. Engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger picked Melissas late last year. The award is named for School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus Brandon Buchberg, B.S. 2000, M.S. 2002.
Doctoral student Laura Mast has won a scholarship from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation for her work recovering rare metals from coal ash. Mast, in her second year of studies, is working to synthesize new agents that will extract what are known as rare earth elements from the complex ash leftover from coal combustion. It’s important work for modern “green” technologies, Mast said, since the elements are used in everything from electric car batteries and wind turbines to LEDs and smartphones.