Students Shine with American Society of Civil Engineers Scholarships

UCI won the 2021 Most Outstanding Student Chapter Award at the 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers History and Heritage/Student Scholarship Night. Photo courtesy of ASCE Orange County.

Jan. 3, 2022 – When the Orange County branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers held its 2021 History and Heritage/Student Scholarship Night last month in Fullerton, it awarded nine of the 15 available scholarships to UC Irvine students.

Civil engineering student award winners include graduate student Shirin Kianidovom, who won a $1,000 Branch Achievement Scholarship. Kianidovom also won a $500 Geo-Institute Scholarship along with graduate student Genesis Figueroa, whose award was $2,000; Sungwon Cho, fourth-year civil engineering major, won a $750 Environmental & Water Resources Institute Scholarship; Amy Le, third-year dual major in civil engineering and mathematics, and Naif Aljohani, graduate student in civil engineering, won Structural Engineering Institute Scholarships for $750 each; Tiffany Chang, fourth-year civil engineering major, and Miguel Villaseñor, third-year civil engineering major, won Transportation & Development Institute Scholarships for $2,000 and $500, respectively; and Heeun Jonathan Lee, fourth-year civil engineering major, won the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute Scholarship for $1,000.

UCI also won the 2021 Most Outstanding Student Chapter Award.

The annual event brings seasoned professionals together with young engineers and college students in the local civil engineering community. The event included a career fair and networking, as well as presentations and a keynote speech.

“I am extremely happy to see that our students continue to make significant strides in the past year in spite of the challenging learning conditions induced by the global pandemic,” said Sunny Jiang, professor and chair of the Samueli School Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “This has shown the resilience of our students in adverse situations. I am looking forward to another meaningful and successful year. My congratulations to all the students.”

– Tonya Becerra