John Stuart, a 2014 Pedrozzi Scholar, just finished his second year at UC Berkeley and is hard at work, developing his passion:

“As my first half of college comes to a close, I have realized quite a bit has happened in the past year. It has been a year of delving deep into my major, starting out my career, and meeting a whole host of new friends from the unlikeliest of places.

The year began with an unexpected offer to become a Design Lead on my Steel Bridge team. Each year we design and build a 20 ft. steel bridge, and this year I got to lead a nine member design section in modification and analysis of our bridge using AutoCAD and SAP2000 due to the CAD experience I had gained in 4 years of engineering classes at Livermore High. We all put in a lot of work and our bridge took second place at the ASCE Mid Pacific competition (MIDPAC).

Beyond the bridge team, this year got particularly bridge-y with me getting involved in research as an apprentice for Professor Abdolhassan Astaneh in his analysis of the new Bay Bridge. I was personally responsible for 3D modeling and analyzing the bridge’s deck welds and for the literature survey of relevant past studies.

Together, these experiences are likely what got me the internship I am currently doing as a Project Engineer Intern at W.E. O’Neil Construction. For almost two months now, I’ve been helping to build a 175 unit assisted living complex. Seeing the whole site go from a giant patch of dirt to 4 stories of concrete and steel has been an incredible experience that brings together a little bit of every single thing I’ve learned so far at Cal and I’m looking forward to building even more wherever I am next summer.”