Scholar of the Week

Omar Mauricio
Cal Poly Pomona

December 3-9, 2012

Omar Mauricio is in his senior year at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) pursuing a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

Omar is currently participating as an undergraduate researcher in the area of earthquake engineering and design. This is a collaborative project between Cal Poly Pomona, Lehigh University and California State University, Northridge. Omar works alongside other undergraduate and graduate students on developing and validating a simple design procedure for the design of buildings with moment resisting frames and supplemental dampers. Omar has produced outstanding work in a setting that involves independent research, critical thinking, and collaboration with fellow students as well as his faculty advisor.

Omar participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of California, Los Angeles this past summer and is currently a McNair Scholar. Omar is using advanced nonlinear modeling to evaluate and understand the seismic behavior of a special type of concrete wall. The project involves several advanced concepts of nonlinear material modeling and structural behavior. The fact that Omar, at an undergraduate level, can work on this project speaks volumes of his analytical abilities.

In addition to his research projects, Omar is involved in a number of campus organizations. He is a member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Structural Engineers Association of Cal Poly Pomona where he currently serves as president. This year Omar participated as a team member for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Seismic Design Competition where his team placed second out of the twenty-seven schools competing nationally and internationally. Omar has been a math mentor for the Upward Bound Program and participated as a College Captain for the Great Minds in STEM outreach program STEM-Up.

Upon completion of his bachelors’ degree, Omar plans to obtain his masters’ degree. He would like to work as a structural engineer designing safe buildings for the community.

Omar is a 2012 HENAAC-Richard & Susan Gomez scholarship recipient.


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