2019 Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduation

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test test test test test test [ Music ]>>Welcome all to the 2019 civil
and environmental engineering graduation ceremony. [ Cheering
& Applause ] >>I am Laura, the chair of the
civil and environmental engineering department and I am
thrilled to be here to congratulate all of our
graduates, this year. As we get started, I have been told that we are at
capacity, today, and that there are still a few people that do
not have seats so if there is an empty seat by you somewhere in
the middle, Frazier hand and maybe we can find a couple of
more people to fit and . Also, it is a warm day as it
usually is on graduation and if you feel the need to move away
from the crowd, we are actually live streaming. If you want to take a break, I
don’t think anyone will jump into your seat. And there are
refreshments, as well. As we get started, I would like to take a
couple of minutes to acknowledge the contributions that helped
our graduates get here today. Behind me are the members of the
civil and environmental engineering faculty. Gifted teachers and dedicated
mentors. While I know that you graduates worked very hard and
sacrificed a lot to be here, I am sure that you had some help
from these individuals. So I would ask you to give a good
round of applause for your faculty. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Please be seated so that you do not have to stand
for the next 2 1/2 hours. Actually, not you but that’s
okay. Faculty. You guys are all sitting now, that’s cool. [
laughter ] >>Located around the room are
see staff and advisors. They be you could live and raise
your hands, CE staff and advisors. Again, I am sure that
you had a little bit of help from staff and advisors while
you are here, whether it was reviewing your transcript, helping you find that last
credit you needed, helping you get into that class that you had
to get into or helping you get your computer fixed so a big
round of applause for our staff advisors. Today, we are particularly
excited to be celebrating the graduation of hour first cohort
of the students. These are not necessarily students who are the
envy of their peers but who will receive a bachelors degree in
environmental engineering, this degree program was created
to meet student Joanne for an engineering degree with its
emphasis on design as well as significant content in the
environmental sciences. The new degree program would not have
been possible without many, many hours of work from environmental
engineering and water resources faculty and in particular, I
would like to single out Mike Dodd and Heidi Goff who are here
today. Think you very much for your contributions. [ Cheering &
Applause ] but beyond just faculty, our
advisors did an enormous amount of work, as well. In particular,
Marie and Brian. And I would say, just one last
round of applause for getting this degree off the ground
because it was a big left and we are so excited to have all of
our BS and B — and B graduates this year. I remember my time as
an undergraduate student here at the University of Washington and
as a graduate student at UC Berkeley. Very finally, they
were some of the best times of my life but they were hard, to
and I would not be where I am today without my family. Friends
and fathers. So, happy Father’s Day. [ Cheering & Applause ] I’m going to have to go back and
tell my dad that I was choking up about that. He always says
you can’t cry as an engineer. Anyway, there is one more group
in the audience that I would like to recognize. For the last
few years, we have been inviting our class to participate in our
graduation ceremony and I was lucky enough to have lunch with
them earlier. At this time, I would like to ask the class of
69 to rise. [ Applause ] 50 years ago, these gentlemen
were in the same place that you are now and they have gone on to
tremendously successful professional degrees . I have met with several of
them this morning in many different areas, construction,
engineering, structural engineering and etc. So I would
hope you wonderful careers as they have
had. As I said, I completed my degree at UDUB several years ago. I have
fond memories and occasionally going to the — the college and has not changed
at all. I also have memories of spending time in the computer
lab which also has not changed. Working late at night with
friends on homework assignments or by myself in the research lab
and leveling survey equipment. While I say that, the computer
lab hasn’t changed, the computers are better and the
server is better. I understand it is self-leveling. In fact,
employees lighter so there have been some changes. Other changes
are the degree I talked about previously and the new direct college admission policy in
which students can apply directly and are guaranteed placement in the
department. Interestingly enough, that is the way we did
it before. That really works so we have gone back to the
past. Or gone forward to the past. They have also added some
new features and one of the exciting things I think these
days is a number of online degree programs we have which
provide an amount of flexibility and
particularly for working students and this year, we lost
hour third online degree program which is the MSE E and
engineering infrastructure. I think another significant improvement has been the number
and breadth of opportunities. We are learning and advancing
skills as well as communication teambuilding and etc. through
other class and and of class activities. Including engineers
without Borders, UDUB this year work to design communities and
a covered marketplace, a soccer field, drainage system and fish hatchery and
Guatemala and here on the UDUB campus, solar power and
rainwater recovery project. Way to go UDUB. The ASC concrete bridge
teams competed well this year. The CE teams worked to refine designs and
overcome multiple challenges during the competition phase. In
particular, on the regional competition making it to
nationals for the successfully completed crash course of
concrete structures. Way to go. We have many students
participating in clubs that are not necessarily readily
identified with civil engineering although the UDUB hyperlink competition should be.
The future of transportation. This year’s team is ready to win
the pod competition just as they did last year. Husky robotics
team includes a few, you dub students and their participating in the next Mars rover, a
transportation system and UDUB solar includes a number of CEE
students . This year’s project included solar power project — one of the other exciting
features of civil and environmental engineering these
days is the opportunity for study abroad. We have a study
abroad program in India that a number of students participated
in, also in Rome and Jordan and coming soon, Indonesia and a
second class so lots of opportunities to study civil
engineering elsewhere in the world. And finally, internships
and research internships. Goodness
knows almost all of our students participate in both. There can
be no question that there are many new opportunities in the
civil environmental engineering. That is my perspective on it . I think it would be nice to
have a student’s perspective, as well. Each year, we invite a
student to speak at graduation and provide students perspective
on Civil and Environmental Engineering. This year, in
recognition of our program, we have Sarah who is graduating
with a BSC degree and Alex Radcliffe who is graduating with
a — Sarah, can you join me on
stage? Sarah — Sarah Lou Sarah has accomplished
much during her time at UDUB focusing
on water resources and environmental engineering and
she is a research assistant in the watershed dynamics group.
She is currently working with Osborne consulting and a
management plan for Bellevue . I understand that she enjoyed
her time at UDUB so much that she will be back in 2020 for a
Masters degree. She served as a college engineering. Educator
as vice president of the ASC student chapter helping to lead
the chapter to a distinguished chapter award. Her
accomplishments and have been recognized which named her as
the ASC new bases of civil engineering College edition but
she has been recognized by CEE faculty and colleagues with the
honor of being one of today’s speakers. I will turn it over to
Sarah. Who has props. Thank you so much. Oh my gosh,
okay. It is weird hearing all of Europe, Schmitz liked it I actually do these
things. Faculty, staff, family and friends and loved one and
the class of 2019, thank you so much for celebrating with us the
hard degree that our students have been working towards today.
The doctor already mentioned this but for any fathers or
father figures in the room who are able to stand, I would like
you to stand. [ Applause ] I really wanted to say happy
Father’s Day because what better gift from your child than a
degree in engineering ? I wanted to thank all of the
fathers and father figures. Specifically, my dad who took
the ruling 2 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver, Washington, to come
and see me speak, today. I really, really appreciate it clap so, I would like to start
with some gratitude. I am by the graduating class to take a deep
breath with me. Inhale. Exhale. You made it. This is your day, your
celebration and I wanted you guys to take this moment to
really take it all in before you know, it is all over.
I am by the guess, our families, friends, parents and loved ones
to take a deep breath with me. Inhale. Exhale. The student that
you have been supporting to get this far has made it across the
finish line and they could not have done it without all of your
support. Thank you so much. I am by the Professor right here to
take a deep breath with me. Inhale. Exhale. Grades are due
on Tuesday and a lot of people are counting on that for their
graduation so like, no pressure but, you will get it done. [
Applause ] starting your day with gratitude
keeps the mind positive and remind you that during really
tough times, there are actually on a lot of things to be
grateful for and I could stand here and tell you how grateful I
am for my experience in this
department but I thought it would be helpful to get some
feedback from the students, themselves. So I asked a few
students in the room what their favorite
part of being in civil engineering was in here was
their response. For Christina, it was learning and exploring in
Bangor during her study abroad. For Daniel, it was completing
the senior capstone with the difference that he made. For
Christian, it is being challenged by his research
project and eating pancakes with the
structures professors. As for Sylvia, it was the crushing
defeat that she served to her classmates when her teams
concrete cylinder one the class competition. One of the classes
that the students are required to take and some may consider
their favorite one is construction materials topping
Professor Mahoney and while he loves to teach us about semen
material, what does we learn something special. Concrete is
variable. You can change the amount of water, aggregate and cement that you
add to change its strength but you never really know its
effects drink until you tested. When you push it limits and you
cause it to fail. Today, I brought with me a shard of
concrete. That a group of students and I made in the class
and it used to be a lot bigger than this as you may or may not
know. But we broke it and it turned out to be the strongest
in the class. And to maybe students or anyone
not in civil engineering, it may seem counterintuitive that you
break things that you really don’t want to break so I kept it
with me to remind me of this which is probably the most and
only poetic thing about concrete. You only know how
strong it is when you break it. When you push it to its limits
and you cause it to fail. Like concrete, we are all distinct individuals.
It is nearly impossible to make one concrete cylinder exactly
like another because there are a lot of variables. Also like
concrete , we bury in our ability to
resist failure. The strength of one could be a lot different
than the strength of another. The concrete on the roads is
loaded differently than the concrete in the parking
structure. And when you shatter your concrete like the one that
I brought today, you objectively prove how strong it is. And you
tell your journey of the time at UDUB, it can be decorated with
awards, internships, fancy offices or a post but it can
also be celebrated with the failures, and sacrifices, the
shortcomings that you meant and you overcame. I asked more
students what the worst part of their time in the department was
besides the dungeon and here with her answers. For a time, it
was the nature of competition at the school. For Sylvia, the fact that our building had
an extremely disproportionate women’s restroom compared to the
man. And for Jared, it was making life decisions that
required compromise . These experiences reflect so
much more about your academic journey because it demonstrates
the 100 times that you tried rather than the one time that it
took you to succeed. As Capote was once credited for same, failure is the condiment that
gives success its flavor. Some of us, here today, who took the
professors class construction and developing communities were
assigned to write a resume of our failures. His resume of
failures was a self defined collection of what we perceived
to be our own failures and shortcomings. Abstractly, it can
include the things that you didn’t even try
because you are afraid that you would fail. Students, I ask you
to take a moment to think about what you would put on your
resume of failures. Would it be a bad grade? A job you did not
apply to because you thought you would not get it? A broken weld
on a steel bridge? [ laughter ] What does it mean to be proud of
your failures? Because employers might appreciate your honesty
but you can’t always had over a resume of your greatest buggers
and expected get the job. From what I have
seen, it will take time. You will fail and it will hurt in
the moment but you will grow from it because even the rotten
tomatoes still fertilize the tomato
garden. And if you look back at all of the times that you do
fail, you will make those moments when you succeed so much
sweeter. When I came to college, it was my dream to be husky
engineer like my older sister. But before I entered my junior
year, I had been turned away from the college of engineering
three different times. And I knew that this was what I was
meant to be doing. And I would let that rejection turned me
away. And I ultimately made it off the waitlist and I joined
the department that autumn because as a daughter of two
immigrants from the Philippines who strive to give me a lot of
better opportunities, I knew I had to get to this spot because
they sacrifice so much for me to just have this chance. And now,
two years later, I stand here at our graduation
with a black of my parents country around my neck and I can
tell the story to you now. One that spanned a generation and
did not come without difficulty. Within all of the loud voices in
your head that tell you that you can’t or
you shouldn’t do something, I hope that all it takes is a
whisper of, I want this, to silence at all. All of us here
are different. Maybe you are a first-generation college student
like Sebastian. Maybe you moved here from the opposite side of
the corner of the country like rice or you moved here from the
opposite side of the world like a Leah or maybe you were told
before that you didn’t have what it took to get his engineering
degree like coffee on a. Whatever the path you took to
get here, I hope that you can be candid of your failures as well
as proud of your success. And for the voices inside and
outside of your head that tell you that you cannot succeed, I
will leave you with a quote, more or less paraphrased. Never
forget what you are, the worst of the world will not. Where it
like your armor and it can never be used to hurt you. Whether your time at U dub has
been short or long, we have all had our limits pushed and heavy
loads on our shoulders. A lot of stress, you might say. Maybe you
had some hairline cracking but you made it here today, strong.
And I am very very proud to call you my friends, my colleagues,
my mentors, my support system. Congratulations again to the
class of 2019. We did it. [ Applause ] thank you, Sarah, that was
wonderful. We have a second student speaker
this afternoon, as well. Alex Radcliffe. While at UDUB, Alex focused his studies
on environmental engineering and contributed to the Hydro biology
will chemistry group. That’s a lot of stuff to do. He
took on leadership roles within his paternity. He served as vice
president of UDUB solar helping to bring
to fruition several solar projects on campus. In
recognition of his accomplishments at UDUB as well
as his passion and enthusiasm for sustaining , he was selected as one of the
husky 100 and awarded one of the highest honors within the
college of engineering, the College of engineering for
academic excellence. Following today’s festivities, Alex will
travel to Iceland to a geothermal plant and return
to Seattle to join consulting engineers with responsibility
for continuing some of the sustainability projects that he
started on the UDUB campus. With that, I would ask Alex to
join me on stage. [ Applause ] thank you, Laura. So, I have not prepared this speech
before and it is going to be tough to follow, Sarah, but I am
excited to see where we end up with this. It is nice seeing so
many familiar faces here and soon my loved ones travel as far
as they have to see me and celebrate with all of us. I wish
I had known more civil engineering students, I have
been stuck with the same 14 in the last two years and I have
to say that you are all my best friends and it is very hard to
say goodbye to you after all of this time. I want to give a
special thanks to the professors for leading the faculty and the
establishment environment program as well as the advisors for all of their support in
getting the students to be successful in this program. It
is very incredible that after two years we have been able to
establish such a successful program with brand-new
curriculum and act as the guinea pigs for all of the professors
doing their new courses. When I came to you UDUB, I did not know what I wanted to
study. I actually came as a religion major trying to make
the biggest difference possible. I didn’t know what I wanted to
do, I didn’t know what I wanted to study but I knew I wanted to
maximize my potential. When I knew of about the program, I
wanted to be a part of that cutting edge, part of something
that was brand-new and my passion for sustainability,
under this was something I could make a difference in. After two
years of study, I am amazed at how much I knew before and how
important it is. Civil engineers are perhaps the most vital
engineers in society and often the most overlooked or
underappreciated. Back [ laughter ] The work we do can
be taken for granted and it is normally taken as something that
would be truly understanding the impact
it would make on our world. How often do you think about how
much civil engineers have impacted you? Every time you
turn on a faucet and received clean drinking water, throw away
trash to a receptacle, use the restroom, the electricity that
flows to your house is, every time you take a walk on a
sidewalk or take a drive on the road, the fact that we have
clean air and our ecosystem is protected to provide
recreational and commercial uses, everything has been
touched by civil engineers, everything we do, every part of
civilized life is somehow impacted by civil engineers . It is a noble profession with
one clear goal, solve complex problems in order to improve
people’s lives often without them being aware of its. And in
the coming crisis, civil engineers will be more important
than ever. I apologize for taking on a somber tone for the
rest of the speech. But this is something that has
been on my mind for a long time and something I do want to bring
to the forefront. Climate change will be the greatest challenge
that humanity has ever faced and possibly ever will face. Through
our coursework and studies, every student graduating here
has a profound understanding of the causes and climate changes.
Greenhouse gases continue to pollute the atmosphere, the
planet will warm and bear witness to the dire
consequences. With half of the degree of
Celsius increase, the southeastern United States will
continue to be battered by hurricanes and the western side
of the country will continue to choke in wildfires and the seas
will continue to rise. There will be little action and few
consequences. Less frequent rainstorms but more intense.
Global water shortages, global wax of food. 1 1/2 degrees. The Gulfstream breaks down,
ocean currents flow in different directions, greenlight is
significantly impacted and the Mexico and city of United States
are to a more tropical state, we see more does he does mosquitoes, diseases and many
species go extinct. 2 degrees, we have the critical point. At
this time, the permafrost in Alaska, Russia and Canada will
melt. Methane will be released in the atmosphere in unknown
quantities and establish a back loop from which there is no
return. Sorry, this is getting very depressing. The top layer
of the ocean becomes acidic and we lose our marine life. 2 1/2
degrees, the Fertile Crescent is reduced to a desert. The
original seat of humanity is no longer habitable. 3°C, 2 billion
people are displaced from their areas. Southeast Asia, Central
and South America and all of the islands. Political countries
closed their borders, the crises across the land and humanity as
we see it cease to exist. This is what we are facing so what do
we do? And somebody ironically, that is as far as I got in the
speech. So there is no silver bullet list. There is no way
that one single thing will have changed what we are facing in
the future. We are told that we do little things to change the
world. We switched our lives lights to LEDs, all of these
minor changes are somehow supposed to stop what is coming,
the coming crisis. But that is not enough and yet, I stand here
proud and excited for the future because I see every student here
has been instrumental in what is going to happen in the future.
The students here are more prepared than anybody else and
how we are going to tackle the crisis because of the impact
that civil engineers have on this world. We influence every
economic sector from transportation to industry,
energy production and construction. Incorporating
sustainability, taking small changes in the way that we do
things will help dramatically affect the global system and can
help prevent the coming crisis. Challenged the status quo. The
system we have now is broken and the changes have to be made. The
diploma that we will receive in 10 or 15 minutes is much more
than just a piece of paper. We are graduating from one of the
best engineering departments and one of the top universities in the world! That
is a major accomplishment. What comes with that is respect,
esteem and an influence that people will not have in their
lifetime. When you join the workforce, when you sit in an
office and are asked to design something, asked to give your
opinion, your words carry more weight than almost anyone in
that room. Take this opportunity we have very little time left to
make a difference but every person in this room has a duty
to do so and has the responsibility and is prepared
enough to do so. Again, I am sorry for the somber attitude
but I do believe this is a steppingstone for everyone in
this room. I am proud to be a part of the environmental and
hiring cohort and proud to be a part of the civil engineering.
It was a grueling four years with countless hours in
the den and even or hours spent trying to finish homework but it
has been an honor being here with all of you. It is
disappointing to see so many people leaving. And the hardest
goodbyes. I don’t even know how to wrap this up. Congratulations
to everybody and thank you to pins and family for traveling
this way and listening to my speech. [ laughter ] Clapped
back — [ Applause ] Well , I’m going to say that I am
very proud to have helped produce students like that. One more round of applause for
Alex helping to remind us of the import of civil and
environmental engineering and the potential challenges that
civil environmental engineers would need to face and solve in
the coming years after Sarah for reminding us of the inner
strength we have to meet those challenges. Caps to show — at this time, two more
incredible students. Doctor Neil Hopkins was a
professor for many years as well as chair of the department. In
1993, founding the Hopkins prize to recognize outstanding
graduates . Winners are chosen by the
faculty based on their academic performance, medication
abilities and leadership. This year’s second prize goes to,
what is the name again? Jordan. Jordan, will you join us on
stage to receive your prize? [ Applause ] Jordan is graduating with the
program of with a GPA of 3.92. She was
described as an outstanding student absolutely wonderful to
have in class. Beyond the classroom, a valued member and
has participated in multiple engineering internships while a
student at UW. [ Applause ] this year’s first
prize goes to — unfortunately, unable to join us
today. Graduating from the program with the UDUB GPA of
3.96. That is pretty good, right? Completing two different
projects and was awarded the Mary Kay’s research scholarships
for one of these projects, he was described by a nominating
faculty member as one of the most modest and pleasant to work
with students I have ever met in my entire career. High praise. [ Applause ] And all of his friends can give
him a really bad time for not being here to accept his prize. Each year, students are asked to
nominate a professor for the outstanding teacher and
outstanding faculty mentor awards . He did read through all of
those responsive surveys. Thank you very much. This year going
to see EEEE professor and associate professor of affairs,
Michael Brand. [ Applause ] [ laughter ] I would go to the list of
compliments from the students but it would take too long. The
outstanding Mentor award goes to CE assistant professor, Marty
Winkler nominated for her mentoring of undergraduate and graduate
students for creating a collaborative environment in her
lab where everyone shares their experiences in and promoting.
Unfortunately, Professor Winkler could not be
here to accept her award, either. She is traveling. Coffee the next award may not come as a
surprise to many. The chair also has the authority to provide a
chairs award each year. This year, I decided that the ward
would go to associate professor, my God, for his department, and
contributing to the program but also his contributions to the
process and College Council of education policy. I believe that
the entire faculty will agree with me that Mike God has gone
above and beyond his call of duty with respect to service.
Congratulations to Mike Dodd. [ Applause ] one final award and this person
is here. This year, the chairs award for service goes, also, to
undergraduate advisor for her many years of service in the
department and to CEE students. Could you join me on stage? There were people responsible
for making sure she would be here. [ Applause ] [ Applause ] okay, that is it. Those are all
of my words that I get to choose this year. You will have to come
back next year for more awards. This phase of our ceremony or
graduation ceremony will and and conclude with our keynote
speaker, John. During your time at UDUB, CEE faculty and staff
have done their utmost to give you the knowledge and skills you
will need for your next successful phase in life.
Regardless of what you are doing whether it is practice, research or working at Amazon,
hopefully, you will find that the next phase brings many
opportunities. There can be no doubt that our speakers career
provided many opportunities to take on new challenges and gain
new knowledge and skills. See EEEE adjunct repressor and
retired chief professor, John, completed bachelors degrees in
civil engineering with an emphasis on mechanical. He
served a few years at Boeing. And following a passion for
business, completed an MBA at the Foster school of
business. He joined a civil structuring engineer farm and helped grow from less
than 100 people to more than 1000 people, today. While
contravening to the development of the business side, he
continued to contribute to structural engineering
practice developing expertise in the area of reinforced masonry
design and building curtain walls.
During his more than 40 years of professional practice. John’s
leadership was not limited. He was instrumental in the
formation of the Masonary society and served as president
and editor of the Masonary society journal for many years.
He served as the president of the structural engineer’s risk
management Council and the structural engineering Institute
of the American Society of civil engineers. He is also a member
of the ASC seven which is the main code writing committee and
writes to enable us to design buildings in the US and other
places around the world. And in recent years, CEE has been lucky
enough to take advantage of this expertise and he has been
teaching our Masonary design class for many years. Please
welcome, join me in welcoming John Tracy to the stage and
taking advantage of this opportunity to learn something
new about engineering. Brighter light . Brights? This
is a big group thank you to the staff professors of the great
school of civil and environmental engineering
here at the University of Washington. Congratulations for
another crop of civil engineers and environmental engineers for
the first time. The University of Washington has ranked 16th in
the nation for civil engineering schools and it should be higher.
I think it is higher. And staff and teachers don’t get enough
credit for what you do. As an adjunct, my first class was in
1984. So if you do the math, it has been 35 years as an adjunct
and as I started, I knew nothing about teaching. I knew a lot
about engineering, of course. But teaching was a skill that
evolved over time and I learned a lot of lessons the hard way.
And you really don’t have a full appreciation for the skill and
knowledge of teaching unless you have gone through and done it
extensively. So, I would like you students to stand and give
all of your professors another hand of applause for what they
do. [ Applause ] so Laura called me and asked if
I would do this presentation. I was a little apprehensive when I
got the call. First reaction was , why me? And the second
reaction was, no. [ laughter ] And then I thought, what a big
opportunity. What an honor to be able to talk to all of you
today. I was still quite apprehensive
and so, I was at the structure of Congress down in Orlando. I
asked Laurel for a day to think about it and she said,
okay. So I had a day to think about it. I was sure that others
could do a better job of speaking to you today but there
is one thing I am sure that I am good at and I am in the running
for probably the best. I believe in our profession of civil
engineering. I think it is the greatest thing that anybody can
do and for that, I thought that well, maybe I could do it. But I
was still undecided in being an engineer. I thought, as an engineer,
before I make this decision, I need more data. So I called up
my son-in-law who graduated from the University of
Washington in 2005 and I had two questions. The first is, Kyle,
do you remember who gave your commencement address? There was
a long pause and he said no. And I said, do you remember anything
that the person who gave that address said? And again, a long
pause and he said, no. And that was sufficient data to think
maybe I could do this. [ laughter ] So that led into the kind of
message of this presentation but one of the things that you know
and it has already been talked about is how great civil
engineering is and how much it touches everybody’s lives and it
is so important to civilization. But the message for this talk
today is really, we do great things. They are really terrific
but you won’t get recognized. But do it anyway. And so,
congratulations. Congratulations for all of the hard work. The
years of effort. The sleepless nights. And trips to the emergency room,
probably. And to more than 20 years of hard work. Students and
graduates, I would like you to stand and give your parents a
hand. [ Applause ] I am sure they are very proud of
you today and will be for years to come. Not many parents — how
many parents in the room are engineers? I can’t really see. Hopefully,
there are a few out there. I do have to brag a little bit now
because I have three children and two of
them are undergraduate engineers and one of them married one. I
also have to be proud that today is my 51st wedding anniversary.
[ Applause ] my wife is here. And we have actually been
married for 51 years and about three hours, now. Although, they
did not time when you said, I do. But, oh well. Students and graduates,
congratulations. You have learned a new way of thinking.
And it is important. Maybe you had it all along but I am sure
it was amplified when you went through the education process
here. Engineering is special. I view
engineering as today’s modern version of the past liberal arts
education. Undergraduate engineers are more prepared to
learn and contribute to society than the liberal arts and
education provides. And so, there is data with that regard.
Law schools, today, in preference to engineers. Did you know that 33% of the
CEOs of the Fortune 500 have undergraduate engineering
degrees? How many knew that? Only 11% have undergraduate
business degrees. And even more exciting, only 10%
of them came from Ivy League schools. So, we are recognized
but not directly. So don’t expect society to recognize what
you do. Enjoy what you do and do it. This is probably because they
don’t understand what we do. When you turn on the water tap
and clean water comes out, there is no knowledge of what goes in for
that to happen. So, how many are familiar with the finite element
analysis method? Come on! All of you are. For those of you who
aren’t, it is a process of taking a very large problem and
knocking it down into a very small problem that can be solved
and adding it all back together to solve a big problem. The
inventor was Ray Cluff. He published a paper in 1960
entitled, find the element method in plain
stress analysis. It was presented at the CEE second
conference on electronic computation in 1960, Pittsburgh.
At that time, there was an IBM 701 computer that could solve 40
simultaneous equations. And the first use of this plain stress
finite element analysis was on the dam structure. When I came
to Boeing, in 1968, we had two 6600s back to back and we
are solving 10,000 simultaneous equations to design the wing and
fuselage of the SST. Great clips died two years ago,
there was no notice, no mention. But you know what, I don’t think
he cared because he knew what he did, he knew the contribution
that he made and that is the message, just do it. Society has
many issues to deal with today. You heard some of them in the
previous speaker. But if you are going to build a dam and a
powerhouse, you need a civil engineer. If you’re going to
take out a dam and turn it back to nature, you need a civil
engineer. Civil engineers touch every part of our lives. If the
sea level rises, you will need a civil engineer. There are not
many engineers running for — civil engineers running for
public office or in public office I think, maybe, the
reason for that is because we are trained to solve problems. [
laughter ] [ Applause ] again, enjoy what you do. It
took me some time, done at Boeing, there is a sea
of engineers. And there were three or 400 of
us in one large room and I was just out of school but I was
doing work. Integrate analysis on titanium
— thermal compression and that particular technology was going
to be used on the SST. It actually got used on the B1. But
I was getting the recognition and it was really distressing.
And so, one day, I thought, maybe it is because the name
Teresa is really kind of hard to recognize and so, anyway, I
decided to begin to page myself on the telephone. So I called up
the operator and it would be, Tracy line 1. John Treacy, line #2. And I
thought people would get used to the name. And later on, somebody
came by and said, you getting a lot of phone calls, are you
having trouble doing work? A lesson hard to learn. You have many skills that will
be used in many directions. It is going to be difficult out in
the real world to adjust to it but be confident in what you do.
The confident and be self actuated as to the contribution
that you are making. In preparing this talk, I did look
at some other ideas and some other advice. And I didn’t want
to leave an amount so I thought I would
list them for you. Are you ready to take notes? Follow your
passion! That is Steve Jobs. There’s a little bit more to
that. If your passion is video games, don’t do them, design
them. If your passion is travel, work on a spaceship to Mars.
Follow your passions. Stay humble. And keep your ego in
check. Take extreme ownership in
everything. Don’t blame others. Just fix it. That fits right,
solves problems. Be the light of somebody else’s darkness by
being rational and strong. It doesn’t always work but when it
does, it works really well. When you have a problem to solve, the
first thing to do, do not go to — think about what the problem
is about. You have been trained and you
know how to do it. Procrastination is the secret to
success. Well, that doesn’t quite fit but I had to put that
in and the reason is, I managed a lot of engineers and it works
because engineers solve their own problems. So they will delay and figure it
out and solve it for themselves. If you’re managing an
engineering firm, procrastination is the secret to
success. As for help, you will likely need it. And make the
mistakes and learn. This is only the beginning of your learning.
It never stops. The intellectually curious.
Thoroughness correlates directly to success
in civil engineering. Be thorough. Help others succeed. Talk to your parents, they know
a lot. Okay. The last one, ready, fire, aim. Do something. There is a corollary to it. The
corollary is what I call memory forward or thinking about the
future. So if you are going to do something, think about all of
the possible outcomes and consequences and then be
prepared to deal with anyone of them. So, ready, fire, aim but
do something. Don’t stand there and wait. That is a lot of
advice and I hope you remember some of it, maybe, no
recognition, maybe, ready, fire, aim. But one thing I do want you
to remember, this is the one thing, is who gave this
commencement address. [ laughter ] The name is John Treacy. Congratulations to the class of
2019. I wish you all the happiness and enjoyment of our
wonderful profession. Thank you. [ Applause ] thank you, John, for your
thoughts, advice. Faculty, if I haven’t gotten back to you, I am
following his advice. Across donating, you will solve it
yourself. To all of you civil and environmental
engineers, I would like you to take away from this what I am
going to call the call to arms. We really do need more civil and
environmental engineers in government. Just a thought.
Maybe we can solve problems. And, with that, we will now
recognize the graduating class of 2019. [ Applause ] I would first like to present
the 2019 bachelor of science degree candidates. Will all
bachelor of science candidates please stand one row at a time
and approached the stage in a single file. [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] so that seems like an awful lot
of degrees but we still have a few more to go. Please join me
in congratulating the bachelor of science and environmental
engineering. [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] next, we will first recognize
the natural national science providing expertise either entirely through
coursework or through coursework and research. These are all of
our MSCEE grads of 2019. [ Reading
names ] [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] we will now recognize the
Masters to transportation and logistics
candidates. Is applied train logistics and Masters program is
a two-year part-time degree program for working
professionals to provide students with the knowledge and
skills provided to the rapidly changing field. Professor
Goodchild director of this program will join me on stage to
congratulate these graduates. [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] We will now recognize the master
of sustainable transportation . The sustainable transportation
Masters program is an online degree program providing
students with the knowledge and skills . Right there, that is a
challenge for a Masters degree program but we know that you
student graduates are going to go out and solve the
transportation problems if only we had more civil engineers in
government, right? And I will introduce Professor Ed McCormick, director
of this program who will also congratulate the graduates as
they come on stage. [ Reading names ] we will now recognize the PhD
graduates. I would ask the CEE faculty to please join me on
stage. I think all of our graduates
have worked incredibly hard to get where they are today. For
those of you that have participated in research as an
undergraduate student or a graduate student, or I should say, as a master
student, you will know that research is particularly
challenging because there is not always in and or goal where you can say you
are done so I think that is what makes PhD very challenging. It
is not always clear when you have finished your degree. So,
it is a significant moment to walk on stage and be hooded and
recognition of the many hours and years of work that you have
put in on this degree. [ Reading names ] [ Applause ] [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] [ Reading names ] Okay, no more room on the stage. You will notice that our PhD
graduates have taken their rightful place with CEE faculty
so one more round of applause for these incredible graduates.
[ Applause ] I think some of our faculty may
also be graduating their first CEE student so a round of
applause for those faculty who graduated their first PhD. [
Applause ] and then if I could have all of
the graduates stand. Congratulations! [ Applause ] okay. Hat toss. One, two, — three! [ Applause ] please join us in continuing the
celebration at either end of the ballroom. And congratulations to
everyone. Remember, careers and politics. [ Applause ]

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