S&T student recognized as national leader among peers at civil engineering colleges

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On March 3, 2021

The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) has named Erin Bereyso as one of its 2021 New Faces of Civil Engineering–College. Bereyso is a senior in civil engineering with an environmental emphasis in a cooperative engineering program between Missouri S&T and Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) has named Erin Bereyso as one of its 2021 New Faces of Civil Engineering–College. Photo courtesy of Erin Bereyso

“I am just extremely honored and grateful for all of the unique opportunities ASCE and the Missouri State – Missouri S&T cooperative program have presented me over the last three years,” says Bereyso. “I also feel very thankful and lucky to have such great advisors, mentors and professors to teach and guide me throughout my undergraduate education.” 

Bereyso, who is from Wildwood, Missouri, was nominated by ASCE student chapter advisor Dr. Sanjay Tewari, an assistant teaching professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering (CArEE) at Missouri S&T.

“It is an honor for Erin to be a part of this select group of people from all over the world,” says Tewari. “Erin is a great role model in many ways. She participated in undergraduate research and is active in her community as a volunteer despite taking a full load of classes and working for an engineering firm. Our students are some of the best in the nation. I am really excited for Erin’s next chapter.”

Bereyso works year-round as an environmental engineering intern for Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. in Springfield. She has served as ASCE student chapter president and attended national ASCE meetings in that role. Bereyso also participated in the 2019 Environmental and Water Resources Institute’s World Environmental and Water Resources Congress where she earned second prize for her research presentation. 

“I could not be happier for Erin,” says Dr. Joel Burken, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of CArEE. “She has been a real leader in our program with Missouri State and has been active on our campus including participating in our 2020 Leadership Institute hosted by S&T’s Academy of Civil Engineering. She has helped demonstrate that all of our students can make the most of the opportunities provided to them and endeavor to achieve lofty goals.”

The ASCE says the 10 New Faces honorees represent the best and brightest students from campuses around the world. Bereyso received a $1,000 scholarship from ASCE and is featured on the 2021 New Faces-College website.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,600 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 99 different degree programs in 40 areas of study, including engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, education, the humanities, and the liberal arts. Missouri S&T is known globally and is highly ranked for providing a strong return on tuition investment, exceptional career opportunities for graduates, and an emphasis on applied, hands-on learning through student design teams and cooperative education and internship opportunities. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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