|This year's winners, from left to right: Aidan Labrozzi, Johanna Hall, Zoe Zhang, Anthony Sanseverino, Thomas Papageorge.|
Each year, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering recognizes its students for their excellence in the classroom and contributions to the student community.
In 2022, five juniors and seniors were selected for awards recognizing their academic achievements, service, and leadership. Read about the winners below:
Buck Stith Outstanding Junior Award in Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Buck Stith Outstanding Junior Award recognizes juniors in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering who have demonstrated both strong academic potential and a concern for the development of the School and the profession.
Career Aspirations: "I wish I could say that I had one clear path that I see for myself after graduation, but at this current point I don’t. I have entertained the thought of pursuing further education whether at the masters or doctorate level as I feel like I have so much more I want to learn. On the other hand, I have had great internship experiences and think going into industry is something that I could pursue and get hands on experience. Particularly I am interested in starting my career off as a stress analyst in the aviation industry and have taken great interest into learning more about that path. I have had the privilege to learn from and speak to some incredible faculty over the past year that have given me advice on what to pursue. Whatever that may be, I am excited for the future and am looking forward to the next year of experiences that will help shape my decision."
Career Aspirations: “After graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering , I plan on going to graduate school or straight to a PhD program. I am still exploring all the areas of study that environmental engineering has to offer, so I am not certain on the exact path I will take down the road. Currently, however, I am interested in doing research, primarily in the more chemical and biological realms of environmental engineering such as microbial source tracking or measuring and developing methods to remove various types of pollutants in the environment. When it comes to industries, I have always wanted to try to do an internship with a company that does environmental remediation; however, most of my interest as of now are, as mentioned, focused on research since I am heavily considering going into academia."
Buck Stith Outstanding Senior Award in Civil and Environmental Engineering
This endowed award recognizes the top graduating senior in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering who has demonstrated both strong academic performance and contributed to the development of the School and the profession.
Post-Graduation Plans: "This summer, I will be working as an intern for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in South Florida. In the fall, I will be returning to Georgia Tech for a master’s degree in structural engineering, where I will be continuing my research work in civil engineering and architecture with Dr. Russell Gentry. After graduating with my master’s, I hope to continue working in the field of structural forensics and rehabilitation."
School Chair’s Outstanding Senior Award in Civil Engineering
This award recognizes a senior civil engineering student who exhibits high academic performance, strong citizenship qualities, and leadership with a special emphasis on community service.
Post-Graduation Plans: “This past summer, I worked as a project management intern at ARCO Design/Build, focusing on preconstruction efforts for industrial warehouses. This summer, I will begin full-time work as an Assistant Project Manager with Evergreen Construction, which is located in Marietta, Georgia. Evergreen has a very diverse set of markets they touch, so I am excited to see new and challenging projects there. My career goal is to eventually work on the executive board for a general contracting company (deciding what projects to pursue and where to invest capital and time), having achieved this position through project management practice.”
School Chair’s Outstanding Senior Award in Environmental Engineering
This award recognizes a senior environmental engineering student who exhibits high academic performance, strong citizenship qualities, and leadership with a special emphasis on community service.
Post-Graduation Plans: "During the summer of 2021, I worked in a U.C. Berkeley physical chemistry lab in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. As a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) student, I researched a protective process of photosynthesis to understand how it maintained photosynthetic efficiency under variable conditions. This fall, I will begin a Ph.D. program in physical chemistry at U.C. Berkeley. I aim to use this Ph.D. to enhance my knowledge of fundamental science for the purpose of improving solar energy technologies. I plan to collaborate with researchers I worked with last summer to continue characterizing photosynthetic processes. During my Ph.D., I will research photosynthetic proteins to uncover how they transfer energy and reduce water to hydrogen gas. I hope this research will help improve artificial photosynthesis systems that produce energy and sustainable fuels from the sun.
After earning my Ph.D., I hope to work at a university or a national laboratory and continue research that improves solar energy technologies. These settings will help me maintain interdisciplinary collaborations to incorporate diverse perspectives in my work. I plan to constantly adapt my research to address the most pressing questions in solar energy and hope that my research helps combat climate change through providing clean energy solutions. In the future, I also plan to continue tutoring students in my community and providing STEM workshops to traditionally underrepresented students."