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Undergraduate Stories

Ahmad stands inside CMU-Q lobby

International Education

CEE Junior Heads to Doha on Team IMPAQT

CEE Junior Ahmad Khanzada (BS '17) traveled to Doha participated in the 2016 IMPAQT program where students on the the Pittsburgh and CMU-Q campuses particiapte in a cultural exchange over spring break.

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Undergraduate Research

Room for Growth: Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences

From new approaches to make environmentally friendly concrete to modeling western Pennsylvania climate, undergraduates have several options to explore research opportunities.

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Students cross a rope bridge in rural Zimbabwe

Student Service

Shedding Light in Rural Zimbabwe: EWB Brings Streetlights to Nyadire

Lighting up Nyadire, Zimbabwe: CEE students work to deliver sustainable lighting solutions to village community.

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Undergraduate Internship

SEEKing to Make an Impact

Gravity cruisers, fuel cells, and gliders: CEE student Pierce Sinclair (BS ’17) puts his classroom know-how to work with elementary school kids with SEEK - a STEM focued summer camp.

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CEE Junior Angela Ng poses in front of CMU-Q sign

International Education

CEE Junior Participates in CMU IMPAQT Program

Angela Ng (BS '16) travels to Doha, Qatar and immersed herself in student life on the CMU-Q campus.

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Seniors Hegglin and Bradford pose in front of their poster at the ARC conference

Undergraduate Research

Collaborating to Combat Climate Change 

CEE/EPP seniors, Kathryn Bradford (BS '15) and Miriam Hegglin (BS '15) want to make sure that everyone in Pittsburgh is prepared for the effects of global warming.

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SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Undergraduate Internship

CEE Senior Studies Renewable Energy Options for South Africa

CEE Senior Yang You travelled to Switzerland to research the logistics of a biorefinery plant for South Africa, where she learned more than a few research techniques.

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Professional Development

National Engineering Honors Society Revamps Educational Initiatives

Chi Epsilon's Carnegie Mellon chapter makes moves to provide better educational opportunities for its members. 

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SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Undergraduate Internship

Internship Gives Senior Hands-On Project Management Experience

CEE Senior Michelle Couste spent her summer assisting Rycon Construction’s Project Manger for their 213-unit luxury LEED certified apartment building in Pittsburgh and confirmed her career path by gaining essential, hands-on experience.


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SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Undergraduate Internship

CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF: CEE Senior Spends Summer at NASA

CEE Senior Kiera Davis launches her construction career through second summer internship with Hensel Phelps.

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CEE Students in CHINA

International Education

Engineering on a Global Scale: CEE students spend ten days in China

Over the course of ten days, CEE and MechE students experienced international engineering and Chinese culture first-hand.

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Rwanda

Student Service Trip

CEE Students Travel to Rwanda for Spring Break Service Project

Over spring break, a group of CEE undergraduates went off the beaten path and traveled to Rwanda for a unique service project. Junior Ibironke Ogunye and seniors Jule Carr, Ruari Egan, Sophie Grodsinsky, Agnes MarszalikJuan Medinaand Hermona Tamrat spent a little over a week in a small, rural community an hour outside of the Rwandan capital of Kigali. 

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Steel Bridge

Student Group - ASCE

CEE Undergraduates Compete in 2013 ASCE/AISC Steel Bridge Competition

A hardworking team of CEE undergraduate students recently competed against thirteen other student teams in a multi-university Student Steel Bridge Competition.

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Education

Education

CEE Expands Technical Writing Program

A writing teacher is typically an uncommon sight in the halls of an engineering department. However, CEE’s Janel Miller is working to change that. Miller, an engineer by training, retired from a career at ALCOA in 2004 and joined CEE two years later as an instructor. For the past four years, she has collaborated with CEE faculty to integrate writing instruction into the CEE curriculum.

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Service Trip

Student Service Trip

San Pedro, Philippines

In 2012 and 2011 CEE students participated in service trips to San Pedro, Philippines as part of a program led by Robert Reid in Mechanical Engineering. Students gained first hand experience with real world engineering challenges while helping local residents with local infrastructre and repairing homes affected by severe storms.

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Click here to read about the 2011 trip - Sarah (Zakarajsek) Ramp (.pdf)

study abroad

Study Abroad

A Semester in Tanzania: 
CEE Undergrad Found Program She Liked, Made it Happen

Civil Engineering major Lane Kurkjian enjoyed an unusual spring semester in her junior year. While her fellow students toted heavy backpacks around campus, she lugged rocks to build an underground community water tank; while they tackled engineering statistics, she mastered conversational Swahili; and while they casually browsed web videos at the bus stop, she hiked for twenty minutes to use the internet. Lane was one of the CE undergraduates who take advantage of CMU’s study abroad opportunities. She recently spoke with us about her semester in Kayanga, a rural town in northern Tanzania.  


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