Carnegie Mellon University
February 24, 2015

CEE Seniors Sweep ASCE Annual Student Awards

CEE Seniors Sweep ASCE Annual Student Awards Three CEE Seniors, Miriam Hegglin, Paige Sieffert, and Millard McElwee were all recognized at this year’s ASCE Pittsburgh Annual Awards Banquet as emerging leaders in civil engineering. These students were celebrated for their distinguished academic achievements as well as their successes outside of the classroom. 

American Bridge Leadership Award

Miriam Hegglin (CEE/EPP ’15) has an impressive academic record in addition to the numerous leadership roles in various student organizations she has taken on. Miriam has not only served project leader for the Emerald View Park Boardwalk construction project with Engineers Without Borders but also as the ASCE chapter president, social chair, and sophomore representative over her years in the department.

Among her many academic achievements, Miriam was one of four CMU students who were chosen to participate in the STEM international exchange program sponsored by the Germans Academic Exchange Program, where she focused on sustainable innovation and global change. Miriam is also one of two Andrew Carnegie Scholar in the department.

American Bridge Achievement Award

Paige Sieffert (CEE ’15) has expanded her leadership roles within the ASCE chapter to include her service as ASCE chapter secretary this year and leading the Steel Bridge team.  She is also an active member of Chi Epsilon and a member of the varsity swim team.

Additionally, Paige has involved herself within the local community through SWE by mentoring young girls. She also used her engineering skills as part of EWB’s team to design and construct a 35 foot boardwalk in Emerald View Park over what was once a landfill.

Millard McElwee (CEE ’15) has demonstrated a remarkable level of leadership on campus as part of CMU ASCE chapter’s vice-president, as a member of both the National Society of Black Engineers and the CMU President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Council.

Millard spent a summer working in the Philippines applying his skills to help people whose homes were damaged by seasonal flooding and engaged in outreach programs with the village children. He is also a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Dell Scholar.