Junior Brylle is the recipient of a national scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Civil Engineering Student Receives National Award

Dec 13, 2011

Civil engineering student Brylle Cabacungan was selected as one of six recipients nationwide for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Samuel Fletcher Tapman Student Chapter Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded annually by ASCE to students based on their justification of the award, educational plan, academic performance and standing, potential for development, leadership capacity, history of involvement with ASCE, and financial need. Each chapter can only submit one student application.

Brylle's history with ASCE gave him a strong basis for applying. Introduced to ASCE by Professor and faculty advisor Dr. Luke Lee, Brylle joined ASCE at the beginning of his freshman year at Pacific and soon after became the Social Event Organizer. The following year, he was elected as Vice President while also participating on the chapter's Steel Bridge Competition team. Brylle currently serves as ASCE President of Pacific's ASCE Student Chapter.

"The organization I have to maintain, the delegation of tasks, and the amount of work for the chapter has definitely risen, but the fact that I receive support, gratitude, and recognition from students, faculty, and professional groups makes the work all worthwhile," he says.

Inspired by his father's career, Brylle decided to pursue civil engineering from a young age.

"When I was at a very young, he would show me pictures and tell stories of projects he would work on in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia," he says. "He always had this passion and excitement that I hope to attain in the future. Ever since I saw those photos, I built my own Lego cities, hoping that they would someday be a reality."

Brylle is looking forward to completing his Co-Operative Education internship next semester, commonly referred to as Co-Op, next year, where he will be working full time for seven months. He hopes to gain a perspective of the everyday work of a civil engineer. His current plan after graduation is to earn a Master's degree and earn his license to practice as a professional engineer.

"I would be open to any opportunities that come up, as long as I feel that I am doing something meaningful for myself, my family, and the community," says Brylle.