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Learning by Doing
Courses that create the CEE design thread provides students with opportunities across all four years to gain hands-on engineering experience and to apply what they’re learning in the core courses to actual projects.
Hegde Presents Data Privacy Paper at 2020 TRB Conference
CEE senior Sharika Hegde’s 2019 summer internship at the Federal Highway Administration’s Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory not only allowed her to work with connected and automated vehicles—it sparked her interest in the data privacy implications of connected vehicle data logs.
Stein Wins George Washington Prize
CEE/EPP senior Simone Stein was awarded the George Washington Prize at the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania awards dinner on February 6. The honor is presented yearly to a College of Engineering senior who demonstrates qualities of academic excellence, service, and leadership.
Divergent Path: Joining Engineering and Creativity
Jolita Mo (CEE BS ’13, MS ’14) works as a product designer with online high-end retailer Net-A-Porter. Her job allows her to merge both her engineering and analytical skills, with her passion for design
Building Global Successes: Jonathan Tanner
As a management consultant in the automotive, aerospace, travel, and information sectors for A.T. Kearney, Johnathan Tanner (CEE ‘15, ETIM ‘15) brings to bear his background in engineering and business to help clients control costs. The projects on which he has worked have ranged from helping clients develop research labs to developing new business units.
Using Teamwork, Soil Mechanics in Bench Building Project
CivE undergraduates Tessa Weeden ('20), Jessica Wang ('21), and Skylar McAuliffe ('22) recently participated in an on-campus project that tested their engineering abilities—as well as their teamwork skills. The women worked alongside 40 other students to create a bench, designed by architecture students in the Earthworks Course, out of earthen building materials.
Cousté Steps Into Role as Site Superintendent for DC Metro Extension
Michelle Cousté (BS '15) is a site superintendent for Clark Construction on the Silver Line project, a 6-station, 11-mile extension to the DC metro.
Brown and Hegde Named Andrew Carnegie Scholars
CEE/EPP senior Taylor Brown and CEE Sharika Hegde were named as Andrew Carnegie Scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Study Abroad in Berlin Provides Urban Planning Insight
Ryan Rusali’s summer program fulfilled his dream to travel within Germany—while gaining valuable life and educational experience through IES Abroad program. He took classes alongside students from across the United States and the courses were taught in English, allowing Rusali to immediately dive into his studies.
Internship: Hegde Gets Technical with Autonomous Vehicles
Sharika Hegde, rising CEE senior with a minor in Computer Science, spent her summer interning as a contractor at the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, just outside of Washington, D.C. She’s part of a team that’s focused on national connected and automated vehicle (CAV) research.
INTERNSHIP: Stress Analysis and Design Engineering of Boeing 767
Undergraduate Chinasa Onyenkpa (CEE/BME) spent her summer at the Boeing Everett Factory working as a structural engineering intern on the 767 tanker and freighter. She split her time focusing on stress analysis and design engineering.
Weeden’s Global Internships Build Experience, Provide Growth Opportunities
Tessa Weeden’s (CEE 2020) willingness to take on new challenges have led her to an internship for the Alaska Center for Entergy and Power and a weekend-long soil mechanics bench-building project. But as she nears graduation, Weeden made the decision to expand her reach globally while gaining valuable hands-on experience through an internship at a remediation site in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany.
Internship: Gaining Valuable Hands-On Experience as a Field Engineer
Russell Orlick, a rising junior, is spending his summer working with Clark Foundations, learning the ins and outs of the construction industry. Clark Foundations, with locations across the country, has completed more than 100 of the country’s most sophisticated support of excavation systems. Through this experience, Russell has had the opportunity to participate in field engineering work, shadow a field engineer, and work with 3D modeling.
Service Inspires Educational Focus
CEE/EPP first-year student Rimsha Ahmed was one of 13 students – graduate and undergraduate – who traveled with CMU in Puerto Rico to observe, participate in educational opportunities and help with projects.
Undergrad Research Projects Impacts Pittsburgh
CEE undergraduate Megan Henriksen is part of a group working with Associate Research Professor Albert Presto, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Presto, a member of CMU’s Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies, and his team are collecting data on pollutants from more than thirty sensors placed throughout Pittsburgh. The CMU Real-Time Multi-Pollutant Sensors (RAMP) are measuring: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, and particulate matter.
Rusali's Team Creates “Best Prototype” in Rethink the Rink Competition
“Rethink the Rink” is an initiative of The Pittsburgh Penguins, Covestro, and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. 2019 marks the second year that students spent one week creating prototypes that were presented to high-level executives for the Penguins and Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials.
Internship: Focused on Safe Closing of Coal Ash Basins
Undergraduate Simone Stein (CEE/EPP ’20) is spending her summer in Charlotte, North Carolina working with the Coal Combustion Products team at Duke Energy. She’s assisting the group, which was formed in 2014 after the Dan River coal ash spill, to implement the safe closing of North Carolina coal ash basins which are mandated by the state government.
Internship: Student’s Analysis Leads to Potential Cost and Energy Savings
Tessa Weeden (CEE ’20) is spending her summer far from Pittsburgh—as an intern at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP). Her work focuses on making borough buildings more efficient to save both energy and money.
Internship: Restoring the George Summer Internship—Ensuring Safety and Adding Appeal
CEE/EPP undergraduate Joseph Iacobellis is spending his summer working on “Restoring the George,” an initiative of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to maintain the structural health of the George Washington Bridge.
Internship: Offshore Engineering Discovered at CMU Job Fair
Rising junior Paul Anderson dove deeper into his interest with offshore civil engineering this summer while interning at ExxonMobile. He was able to bring in some of the skills he learned at CEE to help develop tools and methods for increased efficiency.
Learning and Volunteering in Puerto Rico
While many of her peers were celebrating Spring Break at the beach or another relaxing location, CEE/EPP student Ariana Sabbat was working to help the people of Puerto Rico recover from hurricane damage.
Spending time in an unfamiliar country can teach us a lot—about others and ourselves. For CEE students, the opportunities to go abroad are vast, from spring break trips to summer programs to entire semesters. “Wherever they want to go, they can find a way to make it work with their studies,” says CEE Director of Undergraduate Programs Andrea Francioni Rooney.
Rethinking the Rink: Sophomore Designs Safer Hockey Rink for Penguins
To create a safer sporting environment for ice hockey players, 22 students from Carnegie Mellon University, including CEE Sophomore Sally Chen, were asked to create improved dasher board systems that minimize player injury during impact. The week-long Maker Space Rethink the Rink challenge took place in partnership with The Pittsburgh Penguins and Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials.
Learning at the Creative Intersection of Art and Technology
Morgan Reed is an aspiring structural engineer who plans to make an impact in urban development, and she has a unique and unexpected minor: Animation & Special Effects.
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.
Constructing Opportunities with CMU Connections and the TOC
Senior Connor Smith (CEE '17) used his networking and interviewing skills to land a summer internship and spent his summer internship with Clark Construction.
Engineering Abroad: Building a ‘Mega Construction Project’ in Qatar
With a residential development, hotel, shopping mall, and amusement park, senior Ahmad Khanzada (CEE '17) spent a very busy summer working with AECOM on a development project in Doha, Qatar.
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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