Karen Cervantes, S.M.ASCE

Outstanding Civil Engineering Student
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Outstanding Civil Engineering Student
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Recognized by the Engineering Student Council, the organization in charge of all engineering student organizations on campus, Karen received “President of the Year” while she was serving as chapter president for MAES Latinos in Science and Engineering.

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Karen Cervantes, S.M.ASCE
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Karen currently works as an Engineering Intern at the City of Costa Mesa. She is responsible for investigating complaints about damaged curb and gutter, redlining plans, going out in the field to observe projects, taking before and after pictures of projects, and creating bid abstracts.


Karen is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, double specializing in Transportation and Structural Engineering at UC Irvine.


Concrete Canoe Aesthetics Captain-placed 7th overall
MAES Latinos in Science and Engineering President
Water Jet Cart Competition-team place 3rd of whole class


Karen is one of the most caring and energetic people within UC Irvine’s ASCE Student Chapter. Her electric personality rubs off on all the people she comes in contact with and instantly brightens anyone’s day. When we as an executive board are faced with a tough situation, Karen maintains an uplifting spirit that inspires us as a team.

Contribution to the Profession:

MAES Student Chapter President at UC Irvine
MAES Student Chapter Secretary at UC Irvine
ASCE Student Chapter President at UC Irvine
ASCE Student Chapter Concrete Canoe Aesthetics Captain at UC Irvine
ASCE Student Chapter Historian at UC Irvine
ASCE Student Chapter Geotechnical Wall Captain at UC Irvine


Karen served as a mentor for the year of 2015-2016 at Venado Middle School for an after school program named Americorps CalPREP Excel Academy . She addressed students who were a part of low college-going rates in economically disadvantaged communities. She continues her mentoring role in the ASCE community on campus. Additionally, she participates in the Corazon Build which constructs houses and community centers for low income communities in Mexico.

Suggested Award Summary:

Karen Cervantes is pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering with two specializations: Transportation and Structural Engineering. Currently, she serves as the student chapter president for ASCE at UC Irvine. She brings with her a highly motivated attitude which influences the entire direction of the club. Her strong devotion to the club results in countless hours spent improving the club in numerous aspects. Under her leadership, this year’s average attendance to general meetings has nearly doubled from last year. Her inviting personality and contagious smile allow those around her to feel welcome and engaged in any situation.
When Karen has time away from school and/or work, she enjoys to go on outdoor adventures such as hiking and playing sports. And if she gets the chance, Karen loves to do volunteer work to help out her community. Karen’s selflessness and driven mindset makes her a valuable asset to our chapter here at Irvine and, in the near future, the engineering industry.

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