Pacific places third in the state in the 2008 Granite Challenge
Pacific's School of Engineering & Computer Science students took third place in the inaugural Granite Construction Challenge held in Sacramento, Oct 24-26. 2008. They performed valiantly in several technical challenges and were perfect ambassadors for the University. The Pacific team, led by faculty advisor, Dr. Reginato, was comprised of students Angela Anda, Scott Collins, Charles Falzone, David Hovey, Paulo Leal, Jeff Rubino, Hunter Steers, Courtney Supe, Peter Williams and Mike Zubrzycki.
Pacific missed second place by 2 points and first place by 10 points (out of a total of 1,200 points). Also, one of the subteams took first place in the surveying competition. Not too bad for the smallest program in the competition!
Granite Construction did an awesome job of putting this event together. People throughout their organization, from the COO to equipment operators, gave up an entire weekend (plus many weeks of preparation time) to give over 100 students from 9 universities the opportunity to work with cutting-edge surveying equipment and heavy machinery. Every student was even given the opportunity to operate a backhoe!
Pacific's team was mentored my Pacific civil engineering alum, Randy Lucchesi. Granite Stockton Branch Human Resources manager, Becka Schumacher, was instrumental in helping to get a team together and went out of her way to make sure that all of the logistical needs were taken care of.
Granite Constrcution is one of the largest heavy civil construction contractors in the United States. They have long been associated with Pacific, hiring many of our students for coop and entry level positions. The Granite Construction Challenge allows Granite management to see the best and brightest college students perform common construction managments activities. Becka Schumacher adds, "It's our intention to hire the best of the best and we were excited to have Pacific participate."