Two UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering alumni were recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Francisco Section for their outstanding contributions to the community. Maxwell Armenta (BS ’17) received the Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service Award for his efforts to provide hybrid virtual learning to classrooms and libraries in the Bay Area. Seema Barua (BS ’14, MS ’15) was given the award Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer for her professional achievements, leadership, management abilities, and exceptional dedication and service to the field of civil engineering.

Barua is a geotechnical project engineer at ENGEO and has worked on and managed a multitude of public and private projects, including residential master-planned communities, city-wide pipeline and public infrastructure improvements, and commercial developments. While at UCLA, she served on the officer board of the ASCE, CalGeo, and SWE student chapters. While working professionally, she has also served on the officer board for the ASCE San Jose YMF chapter and as a STEM and community outreach representative at ENGEO.

After completing his undergraduate degree at UCLA, Armenta received the King County Graduate Research Fellowship and continued his education by completing his master’s at University of Washington. Max currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area as a wastewater engineer-in-training at Brown and Caldwell. He is still active in organizations such as the ASCE, California Water and Environment Association (CWEA), and Architecture Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program. Max is currently acting as the ASCE San Francisco Younger Members Forum Philanthropy Chair and Vice President. He is eager to continue his involvement in mentorship and to expand ASCE’s STEM Outreach programs to more students in the Bay Area this upcoming year. You can visit the ASCE SF YMF website for additional details on how to get involved!

Congratulations, Seema and Maxwell!