Amber Ganapathy

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Awarded
Awarded:
Outstanding Civil Engineering Student
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Outstanding Civil Engineering Student
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Name:
Amber Ganapathy
ASCE Member?:
Yes
Company:

Engineering Intern
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
32 Executive Park, Suite 130
Irvine, CA 92614

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Education:

University of California, Irvine

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Amber Ganapathy is a recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine. She earned her degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis last June. Her four years at UCI were productive, having participated and held leadership positions within the student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers Without Borders, participated in undergraduate research and held two internships in her time there. Her next step is to obtain a Master’s Degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Washington.

Amber’s ASCE involvement included a position as external activities coordinator which left her in charge of finding and leading volunteer opportunities and intramural sports for the student chapter during the 2016-2017 academic year. She participated in numerous projects for PSWC, joining steel bridge for PSWC 2017 held at UCI, captaining the Geowall team in both 2017 and 2018 and leading the sustainability paper in 2018. One of her proudest achievements was helping to get the UCI Geowall team to the national competition for the first time in UCI history in 2018. Her other major involvement was in Engineers Without Borders where she eventually became president in her senior year. Her accomplishments within EWB included increasing club participation in volunteer events and re-establishing a connection with the professional chapters in Orange County and Los Angeles. On top of these organizational involvements, Amber participated as an undergraduate researcher throughout the summer of 2017 and her senior year. This research entailed several months of testing by laterally loading foundation piles of various size and composition to analyze the effects and compare results with that of theoretical PY curve analysis. She also helped create two surveys: one which attempts to describe the shortcomings in graduate geotechnical knowledge versus industry expectations and the second the gauge the current state of use of PY curve analysis in academia and industry.

Amber’s professional background includes two internships which have taught her more about the civil engineering profession and have led to the discovery of her passion for geotechnical engineering. Her first internship program began in 2016 with Orange County Public Works where she worked with the project management unit to track project schedules and budgeting as well as put together specifications packages and help with new project programming. Now, she is a geotechnical intern with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services where she is learning a lot about the geotechnical profession prior to going to graduate school.

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CEC

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