The University of South Carolina will host the annual Awards Day ceremony to honor
student excellence on Thursday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Colonial Life Area. College
of Engineering and Computing students from each of the 10 undergraduate programs will
be recognized for their achievements. Two civil and environmental engineering students will be honored at this ceremony for their hardwork and academic acheievements.
Outstanding Senior Awards
The UofSC Outstanding Senior Awards are given by the CEC to graduating seniors from each degree program. Recipients are
faculty recommended and selected based on demonstrated academic excellence, undergraduate
research participation, and active involvement in the college and university community.
Pressley Perry, Civil and Enviromental Engineering
“I am very humbled to receive the CEC Outstanding Senior Award and honored that my
professors would select me. It is due to their guidance and encouragement that I have
been able to accomplish my goals and be successful.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering program has challenged me and developed my
ability to problem solve, which I believe is very important to carry with me as I
continue in graduate school and beyond. I am very grateful to be in a department that
has passionate professors who leverage their knowledge and position to help students.
I would like to specifically thank Dr. [Juan] Caicedo and Dr. [Inthuorn] Sasanakul
for investing their time to provide opportunities for me to achieve my goals and continue
to encourage me on my academic journey.”
South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Senior Awards
The South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Senior Awards are given to graduating seniors in seven CEC degree programs. Recipients are faculty
recommended and selected based on demonstrated academic excellence and contributions
to the engineering profession.
Kiera Hughes, Civil and Environmental Engineering
“Earning the SCSPE award is a testament to the effort and long hours I have put into
my undergraduate experience. It exemplifies that all the hard work is paying off,
and my desire to gain knowledge continues to take me places I never imagined. I am
truly honored and humbled to have been chosen to receive this award.
The civil and environmental engineering program and their phenomenal faculty have
greatly contributed to the achievement of my personal goals. The faculty actively
encourages students to engage in all curricular lessons to fully internalize the concepts.
The educational environment encourages students to ask any questions to foster your
knowledge on topics. Dr. [Dimitris] Rizos went above and beyond for me by not only
providing academic support and guidance in the classroom, but he also reached out
to a senior geotechnical engineer on my behalf. This thoughtful gesture provided me
with an opportunity to excel in a professional setting. Without this support, I wouldn't
be the experienced and well-rounded individual that I am now.”