Carnegie Mellon University

Julissa Cruz and Emmett Horton

Two CEE Students Named Andrew Carnegie Scholars

Julissa Cruz, from New York, NY, is the current president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has considerably ramped up the chapter’s outreach efforts for both the CMU and greater Pittsburgh communities.

Cruz led efforts for ASCE to participate in the College of Engineering’s Explore Engineering program, and instituted two successful new CEE community building. Additionally, she serves as a Career Peer Mentor in the Career and Professional Development Center and a tutor for Intro to CEE. Cruz is also the past vice president of the campus chapter of the Society of Hispanic Engineers.

CEE/EPP double major Emmett Horton, from Charlotte, NC, has demonstrated his leadership abilities as a project lead with Engineers Without Borders. On campus, Horton has served as a Resident Assistant with CMU Student Life and as the Captain and then President of the Carnegie Mellon Men’s Club Soccer Team.

Horton is often seen leading study groups in CEE spaces and is skilled at sparking lively, constructive class discussions. He also frequently helps with CEE’s efforts to reach out to prospective undergraduate students.

Both Cruz and Horton exemplify the qualities of an ACS Scholar by excelling at academics, having strong leadership abilities, and demonstrating a heart for community service.

ACS Scholars are selected each year by their deans and department heads to represent their class in service and leadership. These undergraduate seniors embody Carnegie Mellon's high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership, and involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts. Since its inception in 1975, the program has recognized nearly 1,000 students.