Civil engineering senior Daniel Wanner received some exciting news from the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) recently. Wanner was named a New Face of Civil Engineering, one of only 10 students nationwide who achieved this recognition from ASCE as part of the first annual 2012 New Faces of Civil Engineering College Edition program.
These students were recognized for achieving the highest standards as college engineering students, particularly through their academic success and involvement in extracurricular activities. In a press release, ASCE President Andrew Herrmann, P.E., commented, “These students are an inspiration to future generations of students seeking a career in which they can make a difference.”
Wanner, who will finish his undergraduate degree this semester and has applied for grad school, remarks, “It is indeed an honor to be recognized as one of the top students in ASCE. I owe a lot to the SJSU civil engineering faculty who, from the beginning, encouraged me to get involved in student organizations.
“This is the best thing I could have done,” adds Wanner. “I’ve made so many friends through the organizations and enjoyed many networking experiences. Professor Ndon, department chair and faculty advisor for the ASCE student chapter, has been a tremendous help whenever I needed support. I’m also grateful for Professor Vukazich who is working with me on my research project. He has enabled me to apply concepts from the classroom to real life situations.”
Wanner was last year’s vice president of the ASCE Student Chapter at SJSU and currently serves as the clubroom manager. He also serves as vice president of Associated General Contractors and co-events coordinator for Chi Epsilon. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute and Chi Epsilon Honor Society, and spent three years as a member of SJSU’s award-winning Concrete Canoe Team.
Wanner’s research, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation project, focuses on identifying recommendations that structural engineers can use to model and analyze structures supported by piles in soft soil. His interest in this research area has motivated him to pursue a master’s in structural engineering and construction management.
“We are so proud of Daniel – with his ambition, dedication and drive, we have no doubt that he will succeed at whatever he seeks to accomplish in life,” says Professor Udeme Ndon.