CEE Students Win AISC Education Foundation Scholarships
Bayley St. Jacques, 5th year student and Julia Szabla, 4th year student in the Civil Engineering program were recently awarded an Education Foundation Scholarship by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The fund is part of a program dedicated to support 37 college juniors, seniors, and masters’-level graduate students studying civil engineering, architectural engineering, construction engineering, construction management, and architecture at schools in the United States.
St. Jacques is from New Jersey and is passionate about buildings and structures, specifically the mechanics involved in them. He aspires to be a structural engineer, a project manager, and eventually looks forward to opening his own firm. “I chose to major in CEE because I knew from a young age growing up near landmark structures such as the Empire State Building and George Washington Bridge that I had a fascination with them. I also am a huge sports fan so going to stadiums and seeing how massive and impressive they look made me want to know more about their inner workings,” said Bayley.
Julia is from Philadelphia and is enthusiastic about Structural Engineering and Women in STEM. She has been an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), primary contributors in her decision to pursue a career in CEE. “It’s amazing how we can predict the behavior of structures and be able to design and build them. Attending all the ASCE meetings, getting to know the faculty and students, and taking advantage of the resources offered really solidified that I had fallen into the best department at Northeastern”.
Bayley and Julia have also taken full advantage of the experiential learning opportunities available to them. Bayley has completed one internship and three co-ops where he worked on large building projects, home renovations, and highway infrastructure projects. Julia has completed one co-op at VHB, a transportation company where she contributed to bridge design, and is currently a research assistant at the Northeastern STReSS Lab.
AISC receives a large number of competitive applications every year. However, the scholarship is awarded to a few highly motivated and accomplished students. “The scholarship is incredibly valuable to me because it will help me continue my studies on structural engineering and pursue a master’s degree in the near future” adds Bayley.