CCNY civil engineers at the ASCE ceremony in Manhattan where the college was honored. From left: professors Alison Conway, Naresh Devineni, Beth Wittig and Michel Ghosn; students Luis Abreu and Ana Radonjic; and Professor Fengbao Lin.
The Grove School of Engineering’s civil engineering department at The City College of New York is the recipient of a Centennial Award from the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Metropolitan Section. The honor recognizes the department’s “significant contributions to the civil engineering profession” and its work to help build the city over the past century.
The Metropolitan Section is commemorating its centennial with the theme: “A Tribute to the New York Metropolitan Engineering Community: Celebrating a Century of Achievements.” The award to CCNY lauds the college’s engineering legacy as the Grove School celebrates its own centennial.
Originally established as the School of Technology in 1919, it evolved to the School of Engineering in 1962 and was renamed The Grove School of Engineering in 2005 in honor of alumnus Andrew S. Grove, whose $26 million gift to the institution that year is the largest in CCNY’s history.
A distinguished member of CCNY’s Class of 1960, Grove was a founder and former chairman of Intel Corp, one of the world’s leading producers of semiconductor chips.
The Grove School is the only public school of engineering in the New York City metropolitan area. Its numerous distinguished alumni include:
- General George Washington Goethals (Class of 1880), his engineering feats include supervising the construction of the Panama Canal;
- Matthys P. Levy (Class of 1951), an award-winning structural engineer and author of books on structures, earthquakes and global warming;
- Stanley Merjan (Class of 1948), laid the foundations for many buildings and projects across the New York metro region, including the John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Yankee Stadium;
- Edward S. Plotkin (Class of 1953, '58 MCE), involved in the construction of Manhattan's 2nd Avenue subway line and other major projects in the metropolitan area; and
- David B. Steinman (Class of 1906), a master bridge builder who led major rehabilitation work on the Brooklyn Bridge commencing in 1948.
Founded in 1852, ASCE is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. Its motto is bringing the global civil engineering community together and it represents more than 150,000 members in 177 countries. ASCE is dedicated to the advancement of the science and profession of civil engineering and the enhancement of human welfare through the activities of society members. It’s headquartered in Reston, Virginia.
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