The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognizes ten college students each year for their early achievements that set the way for an optimistic future in civil engineering.
This year, Eric Bianchi, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech was selected for this honor. As part of this honor, he will receive recognition in several ASCE publications, a $100 scholarship, and the opportunity to receive a $1000 scholarship.
Eric also attended Virginia Tech and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering in 2017. He was involved in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, ASCE student chapter, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and served on the Steel Bridge Team and as a CEE department ambassador. In 2017, he was selected for a senior spotlight in the civil and environmental engineering alumni newsletter for an app he created that provides real-time parking information at Virginia Tech. He was also chosen as the 2017 Outstanding Senior for the department.
“Eric is a passionate student who has an entrepreneurial spirit that he utilizes to challenge himself every day,” noted Academic and Career Advisor, Kara Lattimer. “His recognition by ASCE simply showcases his genuine interest in the profession of civil engineering and his desire to bring new knowledge to the field.”
As a graduate student, he is focusing on Structural Engineering and Materials. He is serving as a graduate teaching assistant for materials lab, teaching two lab sections of undergraduate students.
Originally, he wanted to major in chemical engineering, but was looking for a different work environment than that profession provided. “I like civil engineering because I can see what is being built. It is tangible,” he said.
His dream job following graduation is to pursue a career with a large engineering firm that works internationally. Specifically, he would like to work in earthquake engineering research or project management. He hopes his time in graduate school will help to solidify which of those options he would prefer.
For the full release, go to http://news.asce.org/introducing-asces-2018-new-faces-of-civil-engineering-college/.