January 1 brings a new year, a new decade, and a new era for our student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The new executive board of student officers includes President Abril Gonzales, External Vice President Karla Sanchez, Internal Vice President Elise Harrison, Treasurer Nate Kassa and Secretary Ingrid Travers. The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate these incoming officers and thank their predecessors.
Also starting January 1, our ASCE chapter will have a new faculty advisor, Roxann Hayes, who is a past president of Colorado Section ASCE. Outgoing faculty advisor David Mays took over from former civil engineering professor Stephan Durham in 2012.
“In the last seven years, our ASCE student chapter has attended leadership conferences from Milwaukee down to St. Louis,” said Mays. “Our ASCE students fabricated multiple steel bridges, sailed multiple concrete canoes and competed them in regional competitions from South Dakota down to New Mexico, where they won four awards. They co-hosted the ASCE regional student conference with Metro State in 2016, bringing over 400 civil engineering students, faculty and family to our campus. They also brought multiple national ASCE presidents to the Auraria Campus, and connected countless students with professional growth and networking opportunities with the community of civil engineers in metropolitan Denver. I cannot overstate how magnificently our ASCE student chapter has put us on the local, regional, and national maps for civil engineering.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with these outstanding students, and I am delighted to be passing the torch to Professor Hayes, because I know she will be fantastic.”
At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.