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Testimonials for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering – Emphasis in Civil Engineering

Testimonials for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering – Emphasis in Civil Engineering

Wanting to pursue a career in structural engineering, my MS program was vital in developing both my technical and communication skills past an undergraduate degree level. My faculty mentors provided me with guidance while allowing me to develop independent problem-solving skills that I have used daily in my early career. For those wanting to pursue a more specialized field in civil engineering, I would consider an MS degree critical for successful development.

William Shirley, ’21 – EIT. Project Engineer, PES Structural Engineers

Completing my Master’s in Civil Engineering at the University of Georgia was transformative, thanks to the program’s exceptional education quality and its unique focus on blending real-world applicable technical skills. The rigorous curriculum, complemented by hands-on thesis projects and mentorship from dedicated faculty such as Dr. Kim, not only equipped me with a deep theoretical understanding but also honed my technical proficiency for tangible applications in the field. I wholeheartedly recommend UGA for its commitment to preparing students with the practical, technical expertise crucial for success in the dynamic landscape of civil engineering.

Jason Wright, ’18 – P.E., Airfield Civil Engineer, RS&H

I can’t overstate how exceptional the experience was working with Dr. Chorzepa! I learned a lot from her, and her guidance has greatly contributed to my development throughout my career.

The engineering program at UGA provided an invaluable environment for growth and collaboration, making every moment truly rewarding.

Mahadi Masud, ’15 – PE, PhD, Senior Engineer (Structures Group), AtkinsRéalis

The engineering master’s program provided an invaluable experience and opportunity for me. My journey in the program was enriched by the hands-on learning experiences, particularly the memorable moments spent mixing concrete and casting beams.

The guidance and mentorship I received from my professors, notably Dr. Chorzepa, played a pivotal role in both my academic and personal development. They skillfully struck a delicate balance, offering support while also granting me the autonomy to navigate my own academic journey.

Reflecting on my time in the program, I am grateful for the multidisciplinary approach that enabled me to explore various facets of engineering and develop a well-rounded skill set.

My performance at work has been highly praised due to my critical thinking skills, refinement of deliverables, and organized working structures. I have seen similar performance among others with advanced degrees and am grateful I invested in myself!

Catherine Johnson, ’16 – PE, She/Her/Ms, TMC Operations Quality Manager, AECOM

The MS program provided me with the opportunity to seamlessly continue my education and gain real-world experience in my field of study, while completing my undergraduate degree.

The knowledge and problem-solving skills I acquired during my time in the program were invaluable as I transitioned into my post-graduate career. Professors, such as Dr. Chorzepa, served not only as mentors in the classroom but also as hands-on guides throughout the MS program.

Adara Dodson, ’19, Structural Engineering Designer II, GreenbergFarrow

Upon completing my Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Georgia, I, like many others, had to make a choice between diving directly into the professional world or continuing my education. I can confidently say that deciding to stay at UGA and study for my Master’s degree in Engineering was one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences I have had so far. I had the pleasure of working under the guidance of Dr. Chorzepa. Apart from her knowledge and expertise, Dr. Chorzepa’s defining quality in my opinion is that she truly cares about her students and their success. She, along with Dr. Durham and Dr. Kim, comprise some of the most skilled and accomplished professors at UGA at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The amount of resources and variety of courses that UGA has to offer really impressed me during my time there. The courses and GDOT project provided a challenge that truly prepared me for my professional career. I would not be where I am today if not for UGA’s Master’s program and Dr. Chorzepa. I am grateful to have been a part of the program and am excited to see how the program continues to grow with the new wave of young and aspiring engineers.

Victor Lopez, ’18 – Senior Staff Engineer, Paradigm Structural Engineers

I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to work with the MS program at UGA.

Dr. Chorzepa and Co. taught me so much and challenged me to further my engineering knowledge to the next level.

It has proven to be very beneficial in my work career.

Alexander Trammell, ’20 – P.E., Structural Engineer, Burns & McDonnell (Aviation & Federal Department)

The master’s program at the University of Georgia was nothing short of exceptional. The program’s atmosphere fostered an atmosphere of collaboration and support, both amongst my peers and faculty staff, which elevated my learning environment. I am humbly indebted to my mentor, Dr. Mi Geum Chorzepa, P.E. Her expertise, dedication, and passionate interest in my growth was instrumental in shaping my career. I would also like to thank my other mentors, Dr. Stephan Durham, and Dr. Sidney Thompson. This program equipped me with the knowledge, abilities, and confidence to tackle real-world challenges in the field of structural engineering. I am immensely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had during my journey at UGA.

Abuzar Turabi, ’20 – P.E., M.ASCE, Structural Engineer, Kimley-Horn

My time spent working and receiving my master of science under Dr. Mi Geum Chorzepa from the college of engineering was invaluable. For me the fact that the college, professor, and all the staff always had an open door policy and that I was able to ask questions and have discussions with any member was critical as it allowed me to ask deep questions and work with the facility that could point me in the right direction in finding answers. I came away from my masters with the ability to ask deeper questions and understand our built environment with more detail. I’m forever grateful to be a part of the UGA college of Engineering graduate program.

Max Ovett, ’19 – Solutions Engineer, Trimble

My experience with UGA’s graduate program was truly transformative. The curriculum was rigorous enough to be challenging and provided me with knowledge that was relevant to my field of study as a transportation engineer. The staff and faculty provided great mentorship, guidance, and opportunities. I was connected to several professionals, and my peers in the program also provided a sense of community that fostered collaboration and growth. UGA’s program not only prepared me for my technical skills but also equipped me with practical skills and knowledge to navigate the workforce. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity and the lasting impact it has had on my professional journey.

Angela Nguyen, ’20 – P.E., Transportation Engineer II (Bridge and Roadway), Pond and Company

The graduate program helped me to stand out to potential employers and further prepared me for the engineering industry.

Dr. Durham is a tremendous resource to his current and former students, and his support has been invaluable at the beginning of my career.

Steven Tate, ’19 – E.I.T., Project Engineer, PES Structural Engineers

The MS program provided me with the opportunity to perform advanced modeling, such as vehicle crash test simulations, with the help of the cluster computing system available at the UGA. Professors, such as Dr. Chorzepa, served not only as a mentor in the classroom, but also as hands-on guides during the small- and large-scale experiments at the structures lab and throughout my projects, especially during challenging times. The academic program provided me with engineering acumen, analytical skill, and theoretical knowledge, which are invaluable and helped me become successful as I transitioned into my post-graduate career.

Tofail Ahmed, ’18 – Ph.D., Associate Engineer, Parsons Corporation

The Master’s Program at UGA facilitated a seamless transition from the undergraduate classroom to the professional workplace. The program offered me opportunities to further my technical knowledge and skills while also giving me avenues for research in my field of study. The technical and professional skills instilled in me during my time at the program are skills I continue to use daily in my post-graduate career. The professors at the program were invaluable, such as my major professor, Dr. Chorzepa, serving not only as lecturers in the classroom, but also as mentors and advocates for me as I transitioned into the professional workplace.

Spencer Kopf, ’23 – Structural Engineer in Training (EIT), Hussey Gay Bell

Dr. Durham was my supervisor and mentor, and he always encouraged me to pursue my interests and challenge myself, and supported me in my projects. He was very supportive and inspiring. The program also fostered a sense of community and collaboration among the students, which made me feel supported and valued. The graduate classes were rigorous and relevant, and they equipped me with the skills and knowledge I needed to succeed in my career as an engineer. I am very grateful for the opportunity to study in such a stimulating and supportive environment.

Nazik Citir-Razavi, ’16 – PhD, Infrastructure Asset Management Engineer, HNTB Corporation