Ricky Carrillo

CIVIL ENGINEERING, M.S.

 

"I feel like I am making a difference by being given the opportunities to work on large scale projects such as the Ontario International Airport, the California High Speed Rail, Los Angeles Metro, and other various project that impact millions of people."

Why did you choose this graduate degree program? What interested you in this particular field of study?
I chose this program because I had an interest in civil engineering and I wanted to learn more about it after getting my bachelor's. Initially what got me interested in the engineering field was my advisor Dr. Bai who sparked an interest in structural engineering and research.

What did you like about being in this program at CBU?
I liked that that the CBU program felt really close knit, it was a very personal experience with the professors and I felt like they were always there to help you out no matter what. I loved the class sizes and the opportunity that the professors gave the students early in the program.

What did you think about your professors?
They’re great! Always felt like every single one of them cared about their students.

Did you complete any field work?
I did plenty of activities outside the classroom but still engineering related. Such as various outreach programs by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at CBU. As well as ASCE competitions such as the steel bridge competition held every year at Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC).

How did you grow while in this program at CBU?
I felt like I learned a lot more about different religions during my time at CBU due to the various classes being offered. I also grew socially by being involved in clubs at my school, giving me the chance to go out and make friends at events or teach younger engineers more about engineering.

What have you done since graduating?
Since I have completed my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at CBU I have enrolled and completed a Master of Science in Civil Engineering at CBU. I started as a transportation engineer at T.Y. Lin international where I worked for three years and then landed a new job at David Evans & Associates as a land development engineer. Another accomplishment was to have my research presented at the 2017 International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR).

How has your time at CBU prepared you for your life and career after grad school?
I feel like I have gained a better sense of interacting with people on a professional level as well as at a technical level.

Is there anything you learned at CBU that you still use in your professional life today?
I learned to never stop challenging myself and always try to find new opportunities to grow myself. 

How are you making a difference in the world? How are you living your purpose?
I feel like I am making a difference by being given the opportunities to work on large scale projects such as the Ontario International Airport, the California High Speed Rail, Los Angeles Metro, and other various project that impact millions of people. Currently my role for these projects has focused on the transportation side. For example, I help create new entrances for the high speed rail train stations, construct new interchanges and connectors in order to improve traffic, and rehabilitate a certain area in order to improve the functionality and performance of an area.

Would you recommend CBU to others?
Yes I would recommend CBU, I found the school to be very hands-on with the material we learned in the classes. I also liked having professors who cared about their students and provided a family feel to the classroom.

 

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M.S. in Civil Engineering
College of Engineering

 

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