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Congratulations Class of 2020!

Message from the Chair


Stony Brook University

Civil Engineering

Class of 2020

Banner Bearer - Jeff Lai (B.E.)

 Doctor of Philosophy


Karam Jaradat

(Dec '19)


Master of Science

Max Chiang

Shima Kasaei

Reza Mirjalili

Angelou Paul

Stephan Ungar


Bachelor of Engineering

Nurul Afsar

Mohammed Aljawarneh

Abdullah Al-Jawarneh

Dorin Balan

Nicholas Barnoski

Jillian Borghardt *

Alexander Chow †

Christopher Daley

Peter Davis ‡

Kyle Dittmar

Mary Fasulo

Kevin J Fuentes

Alexandre Georges *

Virgilio Gonzalez

Sabrina Happ *

Joshua Hastings

Foster Hoxha

Daniel Jaramillo

Fahim Karim †

Kyle Kern ‡

Jeff Lai

Stephen Lea †

Monica McStay ‡

Cameryn Miller

Andreas Morales

Kevin Murphy

Carlos Padilla

Nikhil Pal

Devon Palmieri ‡

Dominick Santa Croce *

Panagiotis Sourlis *

Anthony Stanco

Mouhamadou Sy

William Visgauss

Oscar Williams †

Joseph Woltering †

Jasmine Wu

Carmen Yan

Mason Zimmerman

Honors Key

‡ Summa Cum Laude † Magna Cum Laude       * Cum Laude     


2020 Student Awards

Award Title

Award Winner

2019-2020 National Grid 'GreenDependence' Scholarship


This prestigious scholarship was established by National Grid at Stony Brook University to develop the next generation of environmental stewards by employing sustainable practices in their chosen career. Scholars are chosen for their environmental leadership on campus.



 Alexandre Georges

 2019 Othmar Ammann Scholarship


The prestigious Othmar Ammann Scholarship in Civil Engineering was established at Stony Brook University in memory of Othmar Ammann, who was a prominent engineer, most well-known for his accomplishments in the field of bridge design engineering. This award is only offered to a civil engineering student and only once a year in the spring.



Joshua Hastings

2020 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Recognition Award for Academic Excellence


Students who receive an Undergraduate Recognition Award for Academic Excellence Award have a 3.4 or higher GPA and have achieved academic accomplishments that go beyond the classroom experience.







Peter Davis
Peter Davis
Kyle Kern 

2020 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Leadership


Students who receive the Undergraduate Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement have a 2.75 GPA or higher. These awards are presented for accomplishments that relate to the life of the university and surrounding community in the following subcategories: Athletics, Community Service and Leadership.




Mason Zimmerman
Mason Zimmerman

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (SUNY LSAMP) Scholarship



Funded by the National Science Foundation, Scholars are chosen to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (African-American, Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian Native, and Native Pacific Islander) who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The LSAMP program is especially interested in high-achieving students who intend to pursue post-baccalaureate studies in science or mathematics and bachelor degrees in egnineering. Stony Brook is the lead institution for SUNY LSAMP.


 Monica McStay

2020 Department of Civil Engineering Academic Excellence Award


The Academic Excellence Award is generally awarded to a graduating civil engineering student who has obtained the highest cumulative GPA; however, a student who has a second major and minors, relevant research and internship(s), and held leadership roles in program-related CEAS professional societies and honor societies may also be considered.



Peter Davis '20

Peter Davis


2020 Department of Civil Engineering Student Award of Honor


Award of Honor Certificates are given to the top 5% (by GPA) of all graduating students (among BE, MS and PhD candidates) or for outstanding achievement (e.g., second majors, research accomplishments) and/or dedication (i.e. service) to the department and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University.







Peter Davis
Peter Davis
Kyle Kern



Monica McStay


2020 Department of Civil Engineering Harold Walker Hard Hat Award


This award was established in 2018 to honor the inaugural chair of the Civil Engineering Department, Dr. Harold Walker, a premiere researcher in the field of Environmental Engineering and respected educator. Dr. Walker helped establish the Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University and brought clean water technology to the fore on Long Island. This award is designed to recognize an undergraduate student who chose Environmental Engineering as their specialization or a graduate student completing their MS or PhD degree in Environmental Engineering. The winner of this award brings dedication and hard work to further progress the area of Environmental Engineering through research.



Stephan Ungar, E.I.T.

Stephan Ungar


Recognition for ASCE Leadership



Vice President

Fundraising Chair

 Concrete Canoe Captain

Jeff Lai
Daniel Jaramillo
Monica McStay
 Kyle Kern
  Jeff   Daniel   Monica   Kyle



                                                                        Class Highlights

  • Dorin Balan, B.E.
    Dean's List (SP '18 and SP '19) After Graduation: Staff Engineer for Barrett, Bonacci & Van Weele P.C. 


    "Juice is temporary, but sauce is forever." 

    - Gino Russ

  • Jillian Boghardt, B.E.
    Cum LaudeDean's List (FA '17, FA '18 and SP '19)After Graduation: Pursuing Advanced Masters Degree in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historic Constructions at the University of Minho in Portugal. This is a one-year program and it was with the help of Professor Giles that I found this program.


    "Confidence is key." 

    - Dominick Santa Croce

  • Max Chiang, M.S.
    2nd place at the 2020 Men's Open Division USHA Collegiate Handball Tournament, new school recordAfter Graduation: Assistant Project Manager for Mega Contracting Group.


    "Work until expensive becomes cheap."

    - Unknown
  • Alexander Chow, B.E.
    Magna Cum Laude and Dean's List (FA '17, SP '18, FA '18, SP '19 and FA '19)BE/MS Accelerated Program ParticipantAfter Graduation: Pursuing M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University.


    "The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do." 

    - Kobe Bryant

  • Peter Davis, B.E.
    Summa Cum Laude and Dean's List (FA '17, SP '18, FA '18, SP '19 and FA '19)2020 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Recognition Award for Academic Excellence, 2020 Department of Civil Engineering Academic Excellence Award and 2020 Department of Civil Engineering Award of Honor, Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. FarhadzadehAfter Graduation: Pursuing Ph.D. in Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley.


    "If you don't feel like a genius, be a genius of hard work and determination."

    Peter Davis

  • Mary Fasulo, B.E.
    WISE Honors CollegeDean's List (FA '16, SP '17, FA '18 and SP '19)After Graduation: Field Engineer for Skanska USA Civil Northeast, Inc. 


    "Go confidently in the direction of your dream.  Live the life you have imagined."

    - Henry David Thoreau

  • Alexandre Georges, B.E.
    Cum Laude and Dean's List (SP '18, FA '18, SP '19 and FA '19)2019-2020 National Grid 'GreenDependence' Scholar, and Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. MaoAfter Graduation: Pursuing M.S. Degree in Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley.


    "Labor Omnia Vincit." (Steady Work Conquers All.)

    - Virgil

  • Virgilio Gonzalez, B.E.
    Dean's List (FA '17, SP '18, FA '18 and SP '19)2017-2019 Lab Assistant for CIV 340, 341 and 342After Graduation: Field Engineer for Jacobs Engineering and pursuing an MBA.


    "Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead."

    - Nora Ephram

  • Joshua Hastings, B.E.
    Dean's List (SP '18, FA '18 and SP '19)2019 Othmar Ammann Scholar, S-STEM ASSETS Scholarship Recipient, IAESTE International InternshipAfter Graduation: Engineering Technician for Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.   


    "I'm gonna miss Jeff."

    - Joshua Hastings

  • Daniel Jaramillo, B.E.
    Dean's List (SP '18, FA '18 and SP '19)Business Management Minor and 2019-2020 Vice President ASCE SBU ChapterAfter Graduation: Project Engineer for Gilbane Building Company.


    "No matter where life takes you, planar surfaces will remain planar."

    Daniel Jaramillo

  • Kyle Kern, B.E.
    Summa Cum Laude and Dean's List (FA '18, SP '19 and FA '19)2020 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Recognition Award for Academic Excellence and 2020 Department of Civil Engineering Award of Honor, BE/MS Accelerated Program Participant, 2019-2020 Concrete Canoe Project Manager ASCE SBU Chapter, 2019 Rower in Concrete Canoe Competition representing ASCE SBU Chapter, wrote the 2019 Daniel J. Mead Paper representing Stony Brook University, Member of Tau Beta Pi Honor SocietyAfter Graduation: Pursuing M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University.


    "Honestly I really don't think it's that bad. Just eat it all in one go and you'll be fine."

    - Dominick Santa Croce
  • Jeff Lai, B.E.
    Dean's List (FA '18, SP '19 and FA '19)Banner Bearer for Civil Engineering Convocation, 2019-2020 President ASCE SBU Chapter, Seawolves UpStander Award for completing SBU's "Helping a Friend" training series After Graduation: Work and then attend grad school in a couple of years.


    “Be excellent to everyone you meet. Because everyone’s fighting a hard battle and sometimes you just can’t see it.”
    - Jeff Lai
  • Stephen Lea, B.E.
    Magna Cum Laue and Dean's List (FA '17, SP '18, FA '18, SP '19 and FA '19) Member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Farhadzadeh and Dr. Khosronejad After Graduation: Pursuing MS Degree in Structural Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.


    "There's a lot of bureaucracy."

    - Professor Giles

  • Monica McStay, B.E.
    Summa Cum Laude and Dean's List (SP '17, FA '17, SP '18, FA '18 and SP '19)2020 Department of Civil Engineering Award of Honor, LSAMP Scholar 2016-2020, Engineering and Tech Entrepreneur Minor, 2019-2020 Fundraising Chair ASCE SBU Chapter, 2019-2020 Secretary Tau Beta Pi Honor Society After Graduation: Pursuing a Master's degree in Hydroinformatics and Water Management through the EuroAquae+ Joint Masters Program. I received the Category A Erasmus Mundus Grant to attend this 2 year program starting at the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain and continuing my studies at the other partner universities: Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, Université Côte d’Azur in France, Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany, and Warsaw University of Technology in Poland. 

    "Thank you to all of my professors and best of luck to my classmates as we move forward!"

    - Monica McStay

  •  Cameryn Miller, B.E.
    Dean's List (SP '17) After Graduation: Enter the workforce. 

    "I don't like to gamble, but if there's one thing I'm willing to bet on, it's myself."

    - Beyoncé

  • Reza Mirjalili, M.S.
    After Graduation: Pursuing Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston. 

    "Two things define you, your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything."

    - Imam Ali


  • Kevin Murphy, B.E.
    Dean's List (FA '18 and SP '19)2019-2020 All-Academic Team for the The Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League, part of the American Collegiate Hockey League After Graduation: Haven't decided yet.

    “The only way to get what what you want in this world is through hard work.”

    - Disney

  • Nikhil Pal, B.E.
    Dean's List (FA '17)Undergraduate Fellow for the Undergraduate College of Human Development and Resident Assistant for Tabler Quad 2018 - 2020After Graduation: Work for 1-2 years and then get an MBA and prepare for the PE license exam.

    "2 L's make a W." 

    - Unknown

  • Devon Palmieri, B.E.
    Summa Cum Laude and Dean's List (FA '17, SP '18, FA '18, SP '19, and FA '19)2019 - 2020 Captain of Stony Brook University's Ice Hockey Team and 2019-2020 Assistant Captain of the Ice Hockey TeamAfter Graduation: Civil / Site Staff Engineer at Brooken Engineering, Suffern, NY

    “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”

    - Pelé


  • Angelou Paul, M.S.
     After Graduation: Get job with a Geotechnical Engineering Firm.


    "Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart's in it, and live the phrase 'Sky's The Limit'."

    - Notorious B.I.G.

  • Dominick Santa Croce, B.E.
    Cum LaudeDean's List (FA '17, FA '18, SP '19 and FA '19) After Graduation: Continuing work for DiFazio Industries, Staten Island. 


    "People who don't know me think I'm quiet, people who do wish I was."


  • Mouhamadou Sy, B.E.
    After Graduation: Continuing work for Hardesty & Hanover, LLC.


    "Life has no limitations except the ones you make."

    - Les Brown

  • Stephan Ungar, M.S.
    2020 Department of Civil Engineering Harold Walker Hard Hat AwardAfter Graduation: Field Engineer for H2M

    "Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information."

    - Michael Scott, The Office

  • Oscar Williams, B.E.
    Magna Cum LaudeDean's List (SP '18, FA '18 and FA '19) After Graduation: Pursuing a Master's Degree in Coastal Engineering at the University of Delaware.


    "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."

    - Karl Marx

  • Carmen Yan, B.E.
    Program of the Year Award for Mr. BCA PageantMember, alpha Kappa Delta PhiAfter Graduation: Take FE Exam, then look for full-time engineering jobs.


    “Everything happens for a reason.” 

    Marilyn Monroe


  • Jasmine Wu, B.E.
    Dean's List (FA '17, FA '18 and SP '19)BE/MS Accelerated Program ParticipantAfter Graduation: Junior Estimator for J-track at Iovino Enterprises, NYC.


    "Don’t stress about things that wouldn’t matter in 5 years.”

    - Unknown

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Congrats 2020

Civil Engineering Class of 2020!