SPOTLIGHT

THE CEE CLASS OF 2011 GOES TO WORK

Hard-earned diplomas in hand, the 2011 graduates of the department of civil and environmental engineering are launching careers at major companies and pursuing advanced degrees at prestigious schools. Here’s a sampling of where our newest alumni are earning and learning.

Stephen Abegunde earned his Master of Science in environmental engineering (M.S.E.E.) and went to work for the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia. As a member of its Environmental Quality Systems Group, Stephen is responsible for monitoring ship-to-shore compliance.

Zach Amos graduated with his Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering (B.S.E.E.) in May. After graduation he headed cross-country for a job with the Westmark Group in Las Vegas.

Robert Antes earned his Master of Engineering in structural engineering (M.Eng.) in 2011 after earning a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering (B.S.C.E.) at Lehigh in 2010. After graduation, Bob headed for Washington, D.C. and a staff structural engineering job with Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger. His work there involves all aspects of the design, investigation, and rehabilitation of structures.

Robert Asselin

Robert Asselin graduated Lehigh this year with highest honors and two degrees: a B.S.C.E. and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in architecture. The Tau Beta Pi inductee also won the 2011 American Society of Civil Engineers Prize for outstanding scholarship by a civil engineering senior. Rob is continuing his education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he plans to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree focusing in structures while doing research with Lehigh alumnus Larry Fahnestock. Ultimately, Rob hopes for a career in industry with a company that focuses on the design and construction of skyscrapers and bridges. In the meantime, he may pursue a Ph.D. at Illinois.

Mark Beltramello headed to Lehigh for his M.Eng. in structural engineering after earning his B.S.C.E. at Bucknell University. He subsequently landed a position with Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek in New York City. As an Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.), Mark is working on both new construction and historic preservation/renovation.

Timothy Brauning earned his M.Eng. in Structural Engineering in 2011 after earning a B.S.C.E. at Lehigh in 2010. As an undergraduate Tim won the 2010 American Society of Civil Engineers Prize for outstanding scholarship by a civil engineering senior. Today Tim works for Thornton Tomasetti in New York, where he is designing tall buildings as a structural engineer I.

Yunbyeong Chae

Yunbyeong Chae earned his Ph.D. in structural engineering in May after completing his B.S. and M.S. at Seoul National University in South Korea. In 2011 Yunbyeong won the best presentation award by a young researcher for representing Lehigh and his research team at the 8th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering, sponsored by the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Chae's post-doctorate work continues at the Lehigh NEES equipment site, located in the ATLSS Research Center, and focuses on real-time hybrid simulation and advanced base-isolation systems that enhance the resiliency of civil infrastructures.

Prasun Chatterjee earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering in 2011. He came to Lehigh after earning his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering at Jadavpur University in India. Prasun’s Ph.D. research has garnered awards as well as several commendable publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Chatterjee has joined Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) Limited as the deputy general manager of its Kolkata, India, branch office, work which returns him to his hometown. In his new role he will lead TCE's water facilities department in the design and engineering of water system facilities and wastewater treatment plants for a variety of industries and infrastructural projects.

Joshua Chubb earned his B.S.C.E. in May, graduating with high honors from Lehigh. While he considers a future with a large-scale structural engineering firm, he is pursuing his M.Eng. in structural engineering.

Daniel Cohen

Daniel Cohen graduated with his B.S.C.E. in 2011. Together with three other civil engineering students, Dan co-authored an award-winning proposal for the South Bethlehem Greenway Project under the auspices of Lehigh’s South Side Initiative. Dan today is employed by Stantec in New York City as a structural engineer/designer. In his new role, Dan will be responsible for designing bridges and other structures around the NYC area.

Elizabeth Couillard earned her B.S.C.E. with a minor in graphic design with highest honors. The dean’s list student and Rossin Junior Fellow is currently pursuing her M.S. in environmental engineering at Lehigh as a research assistant and Presidential Scholar. Beth served as the treasurer and secretary of Lehigh’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and has contributed to the technical design and project planning of its water distribution and sanitation project in Pueblo Nuevo, Honduras. She is also a Tau Beta Pi inductee and a Martindale Student Associate.

Tim Cullen, P.E., is a design engineer at High Concrete Group, LLC, Denver, Pa., where he has worked for the past four years while pursuing his M.S. in structural engineering on a part-time basis. In his current role, Tim designs precast concrete building and bridge components. He passed his professional engineering (P.E.) exam in October 2011.

Elizabeth Czyzewicz graduated from Lehigh in May with both her B.S.C.E. and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Architecture. She will spend the next year at her alma mater earning her M.Eng. in Structural Engineering.

Lauren Horwath

Lauren Horwath earned her M. Eng. in structural engineering degree this year after earning her B.S.C.E. at Lehigh in 2010. After graduation she joined the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Allentown, Pa. as a project engineer. In her new job Lauren works on a construction site, assisting the project manager with managing subcontractors, estimating, scheduling, and generally helping to ensure the construction project runs smoothly.

Tim Jarzynka earned a B.S.C.E. as well as a B.A. in architecture in May. As a project engineer for Tishman Construction Company, Tim currently works on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City.

Cecily King graduated from Lehigh with her M.Eng. in structural engineering after completing both a B.S.E. in civil engineering and a minor in urban studies at Princeton University. Cecily is now employed as a structural engineer in the Boston office of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, where she is gaining experience in structural design, rehabilitation, and investigation, as well as building envelope technologies.

Wesley Keller, a Ph.D. candidate for fall 2012, accepted a position with Weidlinger Associates in New York City as a structural engineer. Wes’ work focuses on protective design and blast analysis for government facilities. He earned his B.S. in physics from Washington & Lee University and his M.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.

Rebecca Knorr came to Lehigh to earn her M.Eng. in structural engineering after graduating from Philadelphia University in 2009 with her B. S. Eng. in architectural engineering. As a junior engineer for the McLaren Engineering Group, Becca is the assistant project manager on a small culvert inspection project for the New York State Department of Transportation. In this role, Becca helps direct scheduling, route planning, the coordination of four inspection teams, and quality control of submitted data.

Kihyon Kwon graduated with his Ph.D. in structural engineering after earning his B.S. and an M.S. from Ajou University, South Korea, and another M.S. at Lehigh. Dr. Kwon is now working in Seoul as the general manager in the global strategical planning department of Nongwoo Bio.

Liz Labuz

Liz Labuz came to Lehigh on a graduate assistantship after earning her B.S.C.E. from MIT in 2009. The 2010-11 president of the Fritz Engineering Research Society graduated this year with her M.S. in structural engineering. During summer 2010, Liz mentored students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program and coached at an all-girls distance running camp. Today Liz is working in the Chicago office of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. as an associate II structural engineer, focusing on forensic engineering and consulting.

Alex Lehmann graduated from Lehigh with a B.S.C.E. in 2010 and an M.Eng. in structural engineering in 2011. Today Alex works as a structural engineer for Weidlinger Associates in New York City as a structural engineer, doing blast analysis and structural engineering.

Ernest Maiteri graduated in 2011 with his M.Eng. in structural engineering after earning his B.S.C.E. from Boise State University. He is currently employed by The Harman Group in King of Prussia, Pa. The newly-minted design engineer is responsible for the structural design of buildings.

Dan Marjoncu graduated Lehigh with honors, earning both a B.S.C.E. and a B.S. in accounting and finance. He is currently employed in the Florham Park, N.J. office of BASF Corporation, where he will spend the first six months of a two-year rotation through the company’s nationwide professional development program. Dan’s work encompasses corporate finance and accounting, internal auditing, and financial analysis and planning.

Colin McLeod graduated with his M.S.E.E. in 2011 after earning a B.A. in biology and economics from Lehigh in 2008. The newly minted environmental engineer currently works for URS Corporation in its greater Chicago office.

Carlos Medina earned his M.S.C.E. in the summer of 2011 after graduating with his B.S.C.E. from Lehigh in 2008 and working for PennDOT for one year. Carlos now works for Hayward Baker, an international geotechnical construction company.

Andrew Meier III earned a B.S.C.E. and a B.A. in architecture in 2011. He is continuing his education at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he is pursuing a Master of Architecture degree. Andrew aspires to a career in architectural design.

Kim Molnar earned her Lehigh B.S.C.E. with highest honors and won the John B. Carson Prize as the senior civil engineering student showing the most marked excellence in professional courses. After graduation, the former Rossin Junior Fellow entered military service as a member of the 6th Civil Engineering Squadron. She is currently stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

Andrew Moss graduated with his B.S.C.E. in May. He continues at Lehigh for another year, pursuing an M.Eng. in structural engineering.

Nader Okasha earned his Ph.D. in structural engineering this year. He earned his B.S. from Birzeit University in Palestine and his M.S. at Lehigh. An award-winning graduate student, Dr. Okasha is currently an assistant professor and department head at the University of Palestine in Al-Zahraa City.

Jennifer Paull

Jennifer Paull earned her M.Eng. in structural engineering in 2011 after earning her B.S.C.E. from Lehigh in 2010. She accepted a position with the Tishman Construction Company in New York City as a project engineer, where her supervisor is the structural project manager at the World Trade Center site.

Nicholas Rillstone completed his B.S.C.E. at Lehigh before earning his M.Eng. in structural engineering at his alma mater in 2011. Nick’s since left Bethlehem for Portland, Ore., where he’s working as a structural designer for KPFF Consulting Engineers, doing new design work as well as some seismic retrofits and rehabilitation of existing structures.

David Roke earned his Ph.D. in structural engineering in 2011 after completing his B.S.E. and M.S. at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Roke has himself joined the academic ranks as an assistant professor in the department of civil engineering at the University of Akron.

Kyle Schreiner

Kyle Schreiner earned his B.S.C.E. in May. While at Lehigh he co-authored a proposal for the South Bethlehem Greenway Project under the auspices of Lehigh’s South Side Initiative. After graduating Kyle joined Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Lebanon, N.J., as a junior engineer in the bridges and structures department. In his new role, Kyle will be working on design projects for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and New Jersey Department of Transportation, as well as many counties in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Nicholas Schumacher is pursuing his M.Eng. in structural engineering after earning his B.S.C.E. with honors at Lehigh in 2011. The former Rossin Junior Fellow spent all four of his undergraduate years holding leadership positions in the Lehigh U. chapter of Engineers Without Borders, serving as its vice president his senior year. He continues to support EWB in a consultative capacity.

Don Seserko earned his B.S.C.E. in December 2009, graduating with highest honors a semester ahead of his classmates. After earning his M.Eng. in civil engineering in May 2011, the Presidential Scholar started work in June with Haley & Aldrich in their McLean, Va., office. Don works in the energy and infrastructure business unit as a staff engineer focusing primarily on geotechnical engineering.

Kyle Sidle arrived at Lehigh after earning his B.S.C.E. from Penn State University and spending a year in the working world. His M.Eng. in structural engineering degree led to his current position as a foundation engineer with Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in New York City. In his new job, Kyle is conducting structural analysis and design for support of excavation stuctures, including soldier piles and lagging, and slurry walls.

Nathaniel Spangler graduated with his M.Eng. in structural engineering and headed for Houston, Texas and a job with URS Corporation. The new structural engineer supports the industrial process sector of URS’ work, much of which involves structures that support the oil and gas industry.

Carrie Sporck crossed the country to attend Lehigh’s M.Eng. in structural engineering program after earning her B.S.C.E. at the University of California–Davis. Carrie today is back on the West Coast, employed as a structural designer at The Crosby Group in Sacramento. The Engineer-in-Training is currently working on a new design for a large-scale California housing and health care facility.

Dale Statler

Dale Statler earned his M.Eng. in structural engineering in May after completing his B.S.C.E. at Bucknell University. After graduation, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. hired Dale as an associate II structural engineer in its Princeton, New Jersey office, where Dale is engaged primarily in consulting and forensic engineering.

Nicholas Swanson earned a B.S.C.E. with high honors in May and accepted a position with ExxonMobil in Baytown, Texas. As a cost engineer in the project management division of core engineering, Nick estimates the costs and schedules of potential new projects for the ExxonMobil Chemical Company. He joins a team that evaluates whether such investments are feasible and profitable for the company.

Cyril Thomas graduated with his Lehigh B.S.C.E. in 2011. The aspiring professional structural engineer is continuing his studies at Johns Hopkins University where he is pursuing an M.S. degree.

Michelle Tillotson

Michelle Tillotson in 2011 added an M.Eng. in structural engineering to her B.S.C.E. earned at Lehigh in 2010. She continues at her alma mater in pursuit of a Ph.D. in structural engineering.

Erin Tormey graduated with her M.Eng. in structural engineering in 2011 after earning her B.S.C.E. at Lehigh the year before. As an undergraduate Erin competed on the Lehigh diving team and served as a Rossin Junior Fellow. She was a winner of the Elizabeth Major Nevius Award for the academic year 2010–11, which is given to individuals in their fifth year of work at Lehigh on the basis of their leadership, citizenship and scholarship. In July Erin became the newest structural engineer at the New York firm Hardesty & Hanover, LLP. The company specializes in bridge work.

Patrick Trasborg earned his B.S.C.E. in May. The graduate continues at Lehigh on track for his M.S./Ph.D. in structural engineering.

Jordan Warncke earned both his B.S.C.E. and B.A. in architecture this year. He currently works for Hardesty & Hanover, LLP in New York City as an entry-level structural engineer, helping to design moveable bridges such as swing spans and lift bridges.

Colin Willard graduated with his B.S.E.E. in 2011. He accepted a position with Instrumart Corporation.

Andrew Woodward graduated with his B.S.C.E. in 2011. Together with three other civil engineering students, Dan co-authored an award-winning proposal for the South Bethlehem Greenway Project under the auspices of Lehigh’s South Side Initative. Andrew today is employed by Kiewit Infrastructure Group in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. As an engineer-estimator in the power and energy group, Andrew is working on power projects throughout the Northeast.

Weile Yan

Weile Yan earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering in 2011. She came to Lehigh after earning both her Masters of Science in molecular engineering and her Bachelor of Engineering at the National University of Singapore. A Rossin Doctoral Fellow while at Lehigh, Dr. Yan’s career continues in academe, focusing on research and teaching as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.