RESTON, Va. — The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced the 2023 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the Collegiate category. ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering program highlights up-and-coming civil engineering students from around the country and celebrates their academic and professional achievements, as well as their commitment to serving others. All New Faces honorees will be recognized during ASCE’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala in October 2023 in Chicago, IL in conjunction with the ASCE Convention.
“It’s an exciting time to join our industry due to record federal investments in the built environment,” said Maria Lehman, P.E., President, ASCE. “With more projects to work on than ever before, a new wave of civil engineers will be tasked with preparing American communities to be more resilient and building infrastructure that will set us up for continued economic growth. The 2023 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the collegiate category are going beyond what is asked of them as students and have demonstrated a desire to solve the complex challenges of tomorrow upon entering the workforce. Congratulations to the honorees and welcome to a very fulfilling career.”
The 2023 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the Collegiate category are:
A student at California State University, Sacramento, Docto is currently the school’s ASCE student chapter president and the chapter’s community service chair. Docto is also president of the ASCE Sacramento State GeoWall Student Symposia Competition Team. His sports background, particularly with a basketball focus, has inspired his focus on leading teams to reach a collective goal, such as completing infrastructure projects.
Focusing on civil engineering and forest engineering, Gilbreth is a student at Oregon State University and is currently the treasurer of the university’s ASCE chapter. Gilbreth was also the paddling lead of OSU’s concrete canoe team from 2020-2022. He has also served as ASCE Community Service Chair and helped organize volunteer and acts of service in their community through ASCE.
At University of Maryland, Imonitie is a transportation engineering student with a focus on improving pedestrian and traffic safety. As an intern for Endesco, Inc., he was part of the team that did a preliminary engineering investigation at an intersection to determine the major factors contributing to vehicle crashes and recommended solutions to alleviate the high frequency of crashes at these intersections. He is currently a research assistant at the Maryland Transportation Institute.
Kline is a civil and environmental engineering student at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He currently serves as speaker of the senate for Villania University’s Student Government Association and as speaker of the university’s ASCE student chapter. Last summer, Kline interned with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in the Engineering District 5-0 bridge unit, where he learned techniques on how to make bridges more sustainable.
With a focus on civil engineering, Kusena is a student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Kusena was the vice president for Minorities in STEM, the event coordinator for the African Student Union, an office intern for the International Student Services Office, and also a class representative on the Student Government. Kusena volunteered as a student representative on the Master Planning Committee for the College of Wooster and had an opportunity to work on the student center renovation project.
Mendoza is a civil engineering student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has taken on many officer positions within the Cal Poly Pomona ASCE Student Chapter, where she currently serves as the chapter president. She recently began working with Los Angeles County Public Works as a civil engineering student in the Stormwater Planning Division, fueling her passion for resilient infrastructure.
Mouton attends Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge as a senior double majoring in civil and environmental engineering. In 2022, Mouton served as ASCE’s LSU student chapter president and is currently the chapter’s concrete canoe co-captain. She also has been a student intern for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering Research and Development Center in the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. Her work as an intern includes water-budget analysis for the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to Belle Chasse and physical to computational modeling comparison for the Los Angeles River restoration project.
At Syracuse University in New York, Rorimpandey is a civil engineering student and vice president of the university’s ASCE chapter. Her experience with faulty infrastructure and sinking communities in her hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia inspired her to become a civil engineer, looking to build “something that lasts.” She has focused her studies on landfill design and rehabilitating water piping systems.
A civil engineering student at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Wu focuses on construction engineering and construction management and is a member of the concrete canoe and steel bridge competition groups. She was also the social and philanthropy chair of the school’s ASCE student chapter. In 2022, Wu was an intern for Clark Construction Group in Washington, D.C., where she worked on innovative and resilient designs incorporating concrete.
Yu is a civil engineering student at the University of Washington, Seattle and is the university’s ASCE student chapter president. He is also an ASCE national student ambassador. After working in UW’s Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory, Yu has pursued the areas of traffic operations, simulation, and safety. He independently developed two new highway interchange designs and novel traffic signal control schemes for them and also developed three new kinematic formulas to determine yellow light times at signalized intersections. This work earned him the Best Student Paper Award from the ITE Western District.
For media availability and interviews with the 2023 New Faces of Civil Engineering, please contact Kevin Longley.
About the American Society of Civil Engineers
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation's infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit www.asce.org or www.infrastructurereportcard.org and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.