Scholar of the Week

Jorge Avalos

Jorge Avalos is entering his senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he is majoring in civil engineering.

Prior to entering UIUC, Jorge participated in a summer enrichment program, the Illinois Connections to Engineering (IEC). Through this program, thirty (30) incoming freshmen are selected to participate in an intense six-week course that prepares students for academic success in the College of Engineering at their university. Participation in this optional program involves full-day experiences in mathematics, science and engineering. Jorge was rated one of the top students in his IEC class.

As early as his freshman year, Jorge demonstrated his enthusiasm for learning, a drive for success and a desire for personal growth. He began performing undergraduate research and worked on developing standard tests for the Normal Consistency of Hydraulic Cement. Through his hard work, Jorge was recognized for his research and presented his results the summer following his freshman year at the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Conference.

Jorge has demonstrated his abilities through his involvement and leadership roles in organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professionals Engineers (SHPE), the Illinois Concrete Canoe Team and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Jorge has served as treasurer for both SHPE and his fraternity and is currently the Concrete Canoe Rowing Coach. In addition to Jorge’s campus activities, he has taken every opportunity to further develop his career path through his internship experiences with R&G Engineering in Chicago, IL and Hensel Phelps Construction Company in Washington, DC.

Jorge hopes to start his own civil or structural engineering firm, give back to the community and continue to serve as a role model to future civil engineering students.

Jorge is a 2012 HENAAC-Najera Consulting Group scholarship recipient.

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