CEE Student Experience - 2018

Becker Global Education Fund

Saurav Sharma standing in front of a map

Saurav Sharma ’19 is a recent recipient of the Becker Global Education Fund, which enabled him to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal, this past December. Founded in 2014, the primary objective of this scholarship is to provide CEE undergraduate students an opportunity to expand their world view and in turn enlarge the possibilities for civil and environmental engineering. The award underwrites a student’s ability to travel, preferably outside of the United States, to participate in educational or professional activities.

“I want to start by saying how thankful I am to be a recipient of the Becker Global Education Fund,” said Sharma. “I learned so much over the past month by being present on site. I also got to apply a lot of things I learned in class. For the past month, I have been working alongside a group of engineers that designed a sewage treatment plant that is being built in Kathmandu. Even though this project started almost five months ago, it is at its peak right now. Since this method includes various steps, I was exposed to many engineering techniques that were being applied in order to complete a certain task. I am extremely glad of what I could make out of this fund, and I have never been more motivated to work to become an innovator and leader in this field.”

Hands-on Stream Restoration

two women walking through swamp

Michael Rolband, CEE professor of practice and president of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., took his class (CEE 5022) to Virginia to tour ongoing and completed stream restoration projects. “The trip provided insight for our own designs of the Wiehle South stream in Reston, VA, which is in need of remediation due to erosion caused by runoff from urban development,” said Cameron Afzal, an M.Eng. student in environmental and water resources systems.