2019 Scholarship Recipients

Allyson Swain

Constant J. and Dorothy F. Chrones Scholarship--Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering, Senior

Allyson SwainWhile I’ve been a member of many groups such as Society of Environmental Engineers (SENVE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE), I have found my home away from home with Cal Poly Cycling. I started as a simple member, became the Community Outreach Coordinator, and I am now the first female president for the group.

My most recent research with Cal Poly was on the degradability of Sinclair fruit labels in a variety of aerobic digestion, anaerobic digestion, and compost settings. We tried to simulate existing facilities and practices to see the actual breakdown of these labels in the waste stream.

I am transitioning into the blended master’s program this winter quarter. I am narrowing my focus to groundwater hydraulics and plan to use a groundwater model to study the changing conditions of an aquifer in Arroyo Grande for my thesis.


Ashley Green

Chevron Scholarship for Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering, Senior

Ashley GreenI am a fourth year Environmental Engineering student from Dallas, Texas. I currently serve as the President for the National Society of Black Engineers and I am committed to improving diversity and inclusion initiatives within this institution. With this commitment, I have also helped pilot a new pre-WOW orientation program for incoming multicultural students called CORE (Creating Opportunities for Representative Engagement). In the ENVE department, I have been in multiple competition teams such as the Pacific Southwest Conference where I was a co-project manager and we won 2nd place. I have also participated in Environmental Challenge International where our team won 1st place at the AWMA conference. For two years, I interned locally at the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and last summer I interned at LA Sanitation and Environment where I learned about California water regulation and water quality management. Recently, I have started a research project with Dr. El Badawy looking into nanoclay applications in filtration systems for removing disinfectant by-products and I am thrilled to have more hands on experience in the lab. In my (limited) free time, you can find me filling out grad school applications, cooking, and watching The Great British Baking Show.

After undergrad, I see myself working in the water quality management field to help provide equal access to clean, affordable water to communities in need. I aim to get a PhD to become more specialized in this field and conduct research. After attending graduate school and most likely working in the public sector, I would love to go back to academia and teach.


Casey Boyle

Chris Rockway Scholarship Endowment

Civil Engineering, Junior

Casey BoyleI am a third year civil engineering major. I am the sociability chair of the Civil Engineering honors society Chi Epsilon. In addition to that I help Dr. Hansen with his research on landfill gas emissions. I am also a member of the Mustang Marching Band. After graduation, I hope to attend grad school where I can specialize in structural analysis.


Christopher Aslo

Harold Frank Engineering Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Sophomore

Christoper AsloI joined Cal Poly’s SCE club in my first year and am currently the Social Director. In conjunction with being in SCE, I was a member of the club’s technical events committee for the Pacific Southwest Conference, where we planned and executed major technical events. Beginning in winter 2019, I have been training with the Cal Poly SLO platoon under the Santa Barbara Marine Officer Selection Office. This process involves rigorous physical training, academic requirements, a well-rounded application with extracurriculars, volunteering, and work experience, all needed to ensure being selected to attend Officer Candidate School in Virginia over the next two summers of my college career. When I succeed in all these areas, I will be commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps and begin active duty after graduating from Cal Poly. I have also interned at a construction management company in San Diego last summer and am currently in the process of seeking another internship with a heavy civil construction company for next summer, which will be done after complete Officer Candidate School. After I complete my time as an active duty Marine Corps officer, I will begin my career in the construction industry.


Davis Ross

Don Chapin Company Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Junior

Davis RossI am the Vice President for Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society SLO Branch, the Newsletter Editor for the Society of Civil Engineers, and the Vice President for the Cal Poly Distance Club. I am also a tutor for the Study Sessions that the Academic Skills Center hosts and a TA for Dr. Noori’s Engineering Statics Class (ME 211). Previously, I have had two internships; I’ve been a Structural Engineering Intern for Mesiti-Miller Engineering Inc. and a Geotechnical Engineering Intern for Butano Engineering Inc. Moreover, I worked as a Residential Advisor last year for University Housing.

After Graduation, I plan on pursuing my masters in Structural Engineering. Although I haven’t chosen a school yet, some schools I am considering are UC Berkeley and the University of Washington. Another option I am considering is joining the Navy as an officer, serving in the Civil Engineering Corps. Through the Navy, I still plan on pursuing my masters in Structural Engineering.


Ella Herrmann

Chevron Environmental Education Scholarship EndowmentCivil Engineering, Junior

Ella HerrmannI am a fourth year Environmental Engineering major. I am the current president of the Society of Environmental Engineers (SENVE), the professional organization of my major. Last year, I was one of three coordinators for the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC), where I organized the Cal Poly team of 120 people to ensure that each team was at their appropriate event and watched as the team won first place in the competition. I was on the Environmental Competition Build Team for PSWC my second year, where the team placed third in their event, and Cal Poly won first place overall. I have also participated in Department of Energy funded research for two quarters at Cal Poly, where I assisted grad students in their thesis work, researching the most efficient way to grow algae to convert to bio fuels.

I currently intern at Water Systems Consulting, in SLO, where I am getting hands on experience working on water and wastewater design projects and learning about construction management for the Cayucos Sustainable Water Project.

After graduation, I would like to continue my education and obtain my master’s degree at Cal Poly to specify my knowledge on water treatment and design.


Eric Golant

Cord Meier Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Junior

Eric GolantI would like to get involved with concrete kayak, steel bridge, and/or geowall in the future. I recently just moved down here from Sonoma County and am still getting acclimated--I also live in Atascadero, but plan to more closer to campus after this quarter to get more involved. This past summer, I worked as a structural engineering intern for Hogan Land Services in Santa Rosa. There, I prepared and drafted plans and preformed structural calculations for headers, beams, and joists. I've also worked for a geotechnical engineering company in Sonoma called PJC & Associates for almost two years.


Grant Smith

John Tracy Jr Engineering Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Junior

Grant SmithI am an active member of the Society of Civil Engineers, Cru, and Alpha Gamma Omega. I am pursuing a second major in music and perform regularly on the piano as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician. I was a winner of the Cal Poly Solo Competition and performed on the Forbes Pipe Organ in the PAC with the Cal Poly Symphony in March 2019. In Summer 2019, I interned with Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group in Fresno. I worked on AutoCAD drafts, simple designs, cost estimates, and accounting as part of my internship. I plan to study abroad in Munich, Germany in Spring and Summer 2020.

I plan to earn my Professional Engineer license and work in structural engineering after graduating. I am considering attending graduate school to study business administration, structural engineering, or acoustical engineering.


Karin Finney

Constant J. and Dorothy F. Chrones Scholarship--Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering, Senior

Karin FinneyI am a member of Society of Environmental Engineers and Society of Women Engineers. I have participated in WESTT algae research and assisted in a graduate research project with Dr. Nelson researching the end-of-life behavior of different types of Sinclair fruit labels in different environmental conditions. This past summer I interned at a local government office working on projects including a feasibility and environmental impact study for solar power implementation projects, sustainability initiatives planning, and an assessment stormwater infrastructure and LID compliance.

After graduation I hope to attend graduate school and focus on sustainable urban development with an emphasis on stormwater and water resources. After grad school I hope to work for a consulting company preferably in Southern California.


Madeline David

Wood Rodgers Civil Engineering Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Junior

Madeline DavidI am a third year civil engineering student and has been a part of the Society of Civil Engineers (SCE) and Steel Bridge Team. This year, I joined the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) to further my knowledge in transportation. This past summer, I interned for Carlson, Barbee & Gibson, a land development firm in San Ramon, California. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in land development or transportation engineering.


Nicholas Vincent

Don Chapin Company Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Senior

Nicholas VincentI have been a part of the Steel Bridge Team for the past two years. I joined the team last year and became a junior captain. This year I am a senior captain and the lead welder. I am also a member of the Structural Engineering Association of California here at Cal Poly. I have also been a part of the Disc Golf Club for the last three years, and I recently joined the Cal Poly Climbing Club. This past summer I interned with Build Group Inc. in Santa Clara. I worked in a job site office and my responsibilities included managing submittals and RFI’s, communicating with subcontractors, and reviewing architectural drawings. After graduation, I plan on returning to Cal Poly for my master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering.

Alex Murray

John Stephen Larson Memorial Scholarship

Environmental Engineering, Graduate

Alex MurrayI'm involved with the Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon, RainWorks, and Engineers Without Borders on campus. During undergrad, I helped out with Dr. Lundquist’s algal-based wastewater treatment research, and I was involved on the RainWorks EPA Masterplan Competition Team. My master’s focus is in Water Resources, and my thesis is working with Dr. Muleta to develop a model for an artificial groundwater recharge basin. Last summer, I had a Civil Engineering internship with Arup (an international engineering and consulting firm) in Los Angeles doing site development at LAX and working on a water sustainability plan at UCLA.

After I graduate with my master’s, I hope to find a career in the Hydrology/Water Resources Engineering field. I would like to stay on the California Coast, but we will see where life takes me!


Anna Johnson

Constant J. and Dorothy F. Chrones Scholarship--Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering, Senior

Anna JohnsonI am a fourth year civil engineering student. I have been on committees for the Society of Women Engineers and Society of Civil Engineers in the past. Currently, I am the treasurer for the Society of Civil Engineers and previously served as the conference coordinator. I also competed at the Pacific Southwest Conference on the Timber Design Build team my second year and plan on competing this upcoming year at CSU Fullerton. My first and second year, I worked over the summer for NorthStar in Chico, California, a multidisciplinary civil engineering firm. This past summer, I worked at Quincy Engineering in Rancho Cordova, California, focusing on bridge engineering. I plan to pursue my master's degree at Cal Poly next year, focusing on structural engineering. In the future, I would like to practice structural engineering, working in the Sacramento/Northern California area.


Calvin Wang

Clark Construction Construction Engineering Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Senior

Calvin WangI'm heavily involved with Asian American Christian Fellowship serving on men's ministry, large group planning, and IM volleyball (team manager). My past internship experiences include being a project engineer intern for Pankow Builders, field engineer intern for Balfour Beatty, and design intern for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. They've taught me the importance of constructibility, schedule, and costs on any construction project.

I'm planning on getting a masters in structural engineering and learning interesting topics such as seismic and wind engineering. At the same time, I love construction and being out there in the field learning how things are actually built. I also want to understand how to utilize technologies such BIM/VDC and boost the productivity of the construction industry to levels similar to the tech industry. I just want to learn everything about this industry when starting out my career, and perhaps one day I might start my own firm.


Christina Hinson

Constant J. and Dorothy F. Chrones Scholarship--Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering, Sophomore

Christina HinsonI am a member of SCE and I enjoy the volunteering events that they put on - especially the community garden clean-up events! I am currently interning with the Public Works Department of the County of San Luis Obispo in their transportation division. At the County, I get to work on numerous transportation related projects like the installation of roundabouts, sidewalks, ADA ramps, and bike lanes.

After graduation, I hope to travel to Scotland and Ireland for a few weeks. Then, I hope to be hired on with the County as a full-time engineer or at a different local engineering firm. I love the central coast and can't see myself living anywhere else.


Claire Anovick

Rollo & Ridley Inc. Geotechnical Engineering

Civil Engineering, Junior

Claire AnovickI am a third year civil engineering student with interests in geotechnical engineering and geology. Last year, I served as Events Coordinator for Cal Poly CalGeo, Geotechnical and Surveying Technical Events Coordinator for Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC), and Residential Advisor for University Housing. I studied abroad in Thailand and interned with three great civil engineering companies, most recently with Earth Systems Pacific. There, I gained hands-on geotechnical experience performing field work and conducting laboratory tests. This year I am Vice President of CalGeo as well as Project Manager of the GeoWall Project Team.

I am uncertain about plans post-graduation, but plan on obtaining a master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering or working for an international geotechnical consulting firm.


Dustin Lee

APWA Herbert E. Gerfen Scholarship

Civil & Environmental Engineering, Graduate

Dustin LeeI am currently researching under Dr. El Badawy for my graduate thesis. We are trying to modify two metal organic frameworks, a class of nano-materials, to be able to adsorb more CO2 and possibly recover that CO2. I am also an active member of SLO breakers, a breakdancing club on campus. I had an internship at West Yost Associates, a water resources engineering firm, this past summer.

My research is primarily about air quality, so I wish to work in the air quality industry after graduate school to gain more knowledge about the problems that need to be solved. A Ph.D may be my goal after working in the private or government sector regarding air quality.


Fabian Leon

Clark Construction Construction Engineering Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Junior

Fabian LeonOn campus, I am a part of the Society of Civil Engineers (SCE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). I am currently a junior captain on the Steel Bridge Competition team where we design, fabricate, and construct a steel bridge at regional and national competitions. I am also a part of the EWB Local Projects team where we will be designing and prototyping an equestrian wash rack for the Jack's Helping Hand Imagination Park here in SLO County. I am also conducting research with Professor Hani Alzraiee and a group of other students to develop an automated system that predicts rework and proposes a set of corrective actions using laser scanning technology. I had an internship in Oakland this past summer with Monterey Mechanical Co. as a Project Engineer Intern. After graduation, I see myself starting as a Project Engineer at a construction management firm.


Grace Bowman

Don Chapin Company Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Junior

Grace BowmanI am currently involved in SCE and am on the Community Service Committee. I am also a part of EWB having just joined the Fiji team. I have had two internships so far. In the summer of 2018 I worked for a Consulting Civil Engineers & Land Surveyors firm in Santa Cruz called Bowman and Williams (no relation to my name). Here I was mostly assisting with CAD work and putting together various reports. This last summer I interned at Granite Construction and worked for the Coastal Region's Environmental Manager. With Granite I was mostly in the field performing environmental inspections and training at different job sites.

I am thinking of doing Grad school at Cal Poly, though I do not have any solid plans yet. I have not chosen a concentration yet because so far I really enjoy all fields within civil.


Jordan Wong

Boeing Engineering Scholarship

Civil Engineering, Junior

Jordan WongOn campus, I am a study session leader for Calculus classes, where I help students collaborate and understand their course material. I have had internships with Alan Mok Engineering (a land development civil engineering firm) as a CAD drafter and the City of Fresno Department of Public Works as a traffic engineering intern.

After graduation I plan to start work in the transportation/traffic engineering field. I hope to work on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), possibly at a Traffic Operations Center or private firm.


Joshua Schipper

Harold Frank Engineering Scholarship

Environmental Engineering, Sophomore

Joshua SchipperI'm involved with the Engineers Without Borders Malawi Project Team and send out weekly emails as Media lead. I also have the roles of Finance Chair with the National Society of Black Engineers and Outreach Coordinator with the Society of Environmental Engineers. I help WESTT's indoor research team and do prep work for them. I was a part of the PSWC environmental competition team this year and plan on joining again next year.

I'm currently leaning towards going to graduate school, particularly the blended program here at Cal Poly. I'm also intereted in possibly joining the Peace Corps after college. Career-wise, I'm looking at working in areas like bioremediation or water treatment, but am open to various paths.


Marissa Kephart

Dragoslav M. Misic Schoarship

Environmental Engineering, Senior

Marissa KephartI'm currently on the officer board for SENVE as Sustainability Representative. I am also a research assistant for WESTT. I had an internship this last summer at Central Contra Costa Sanitation District in the Bay Area. Over the summer, I also attended the AWMA conference in Quebec City through the Environmental Challenge International (ECI) competition team. Cal Poly placed first in the competition and won Best Student Chapter of the Year. After graduation, I will be attending graduate school to get my masters in Environmental Engineering.


Maxwell Batanian

Lars Larsen Engineering Scholarship

Environmental Engineering, Senior

Maxwell BatanianAfter interning at Wallace Group this summer in SLO, I am now working as a part-time employee in their water resources department. Last spring, I competed at the international Sandhurst Military Skills Competition for Cal Poly Army ROTC and am currently the S1 for the program which means I am responsible for all force structure, personnel, and administration requirements. I am the drummer for a local rock band "Absolute Zero" who opened this summer for the Gin Blossoms at the Fremont. My career plans right now are to enter a technical branch in the Colorado Army National Guard and to pursue a civilian career focused around water resources and geographical mapping.


Robert Sprotte

Adele and Aldo Alessio Scholarship Endowment Fund

Civil Engineering, Junior

Robert SprotteI am a currently a third year with interests in sustainability and construction. I spend a quarter last year working with WESTT and helped volunteer with the Environmental competition at PSWC. This past summer I attended the Construction Institute Student Days conference in Arlington Virginia and lead the winning project team in creating a written and oral proposal for a real-world construction project. Currently at Cal Poly, I am performing research on automation in construction to utilize laser scanners in improving pre-planning, construction-execution, quality control, and site optimization. After graduation, I hope to continue my studies and pursue a masters degree in civil engineering.


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