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Katie Fitzgerald

Katie Fitzgerald graduated from CSU, Chico in spring 2013 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in structural engineering at Stanford University. Due to her achievements at CSU, Chico, Katie received a $70,000 fellowship to fully fund her master’s degree program at Stanford.

 "The CSU, Chico Civil Engineering program provides students with a broad knowledge of engineering through hands-on curriculum. I will always be thankful for the amazing education I received at Chico."

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Albert Guidice

Al Guidice is a current civil engineering student and was recently president of the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter.

“The many opportunities here at Chico State coupled with the hands-on approach to experiencing civil engineering has helped me develop multiple methods to tackle difficult problems for the many different challenges that await in my professional career.”

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December 2013
Civil Engineering Department Welcomes New Faculty Member Colleen Bronner
In January 2014, Colleen Bronner will join the civil engineering faculty at CSU, Chico. Scheduled to graduate in fall 2013 from the civil engineering PhD program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, Bronner will teach courses in the areas of water resources and environmental engineering while continuing her research in stream restoration, aquatic ecosystem functions and services, watershed management, and environmental policy. Additionally, Bronner will serve as the faculty advisor to the Society of Women Engineers, a student-led organization that supports female CSU, Chico students pursuing degrees in engineering. Read more...
Civil Engineering News
  New Course: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering—Our Environmental Lab Is Now Bursting at the Seams
A course in Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering (CIVL 175) was added to the civil engineering curriculum as part of a comprehensive curriculum revision undertaken by the faculty in 2010–2011. CIVL 175 was first offered to students in fall 2011; since then student demand for the course has been tremendous, with 287 students enrolled in 17 lab sections this semester. Read more...
  Senior Capstone Project Analyzes Flood Control in Chico
Students enrolled in Professor Steffen Mehl’s Hydrology and Open Channel Hydraulics course are completing a project that could have a significant positive impact on the Chico community. This capstone project continues the department’s strong tradition of providing hands-on, practical experience to our students. Read more...
  New Course: Introduction to Civil Engineering
Introduction to Civil Engineering (CIVL 101) is a new course that was developed as part of our comprehensive civil engineering curriculum revision. Students typically take the course during their first semester on campus, so it allows faculty to connect with students early in their academic career. As a result, faculty can help students “learn the ropes” of becoming a successful civil engineering student and waste no time in introducing them to CSU, Chico’s “hands-on” learning approach. Read more...

  Chico Faculty Member Seeks to Improve Water Management in Nepal
People of every nation rely daily on a clean and reliable supply of water for drinking and cooking. We use water to grow the food we eat and create energy from the water that falls high in our watersheds. Too much water can negatively impact lives through flooding. Not enough water can lead to drought and famine. In most developing countries, fundamental information about the amount, location, and quality of water is lacking. Read more...
  Traylor Brothers Inc. Provides Support to Civil Engineering Department
Traylor Bros. Inc. has become increasing involved in the Civil Engineering Department, both speaking in the CIVL 101: Introduction to Civil Engineering course and having an employee, Shawn Drobny, serving on the Department Professional Advisory Board. They also recently donated a large plotter (48-inch capacity) that will be especially useful for our surveying and first-year design courses. Read more...

CSU, Chico’s California Pavement Preservation Center Assists with Bay Area Pavement Management

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) established the California Pavement Preservation Center (CP2) at California State University, Chico in July 2006 to provide pavement preservation services to public agencies and industry. Civil engineering faculty member Dr. Ding Cheng is the director of CP2. Since its inception, the center has provided research assistantships to more than 30 civil engineering students, brought in over $3 million in research funding, and brought in approximately $500,000 in lab equipment (which is a great start in our effort to rebuild our lab facilities). Read more...
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