Christine Beyzaei

Featured Alumni

Christine Beyzaei got a taste of engineering during high school and has never looked back. As a high school senior, she completed a year-long internship and research project at the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center that allowed her to work with graduate students and professional engineers, introduced her to the "real world" of science and engineering, and confirmed her decision to study engineering in college. 

She enrolled in the civil engineering program at GW in 2005 and immediately made it her home for the next four years.  "One of the best parts about GW was living in the Engineering Living and Learning Community during my freshman year," says Christine. "I got to know some of my CEE classmates and SEAS students from other majors even before classes had started!  During lots of late night study and snacking sessions, we formed friendships that still continue years (and thousands of miles) later."

Christine credits the school and the CEE department with providing her a great place to begin her career as an engineer.  "The smaller class sizes and close-knit community encouraged cooperation and camaraderie among my classmates that continued to develop over the entire four-year program.  Our professors were incredibly approachable, devoting extra time and effort to ensure our understanding and success," she says.

During her time at GW, Christine was very active.  She participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, and did an internship at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, MD.  She also was active in Tau Beta Pi and in the steel bridge competition for GW's chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

A dedicated student, Christine received a number of awards and honors at GW including the GW Freudenthal Prize (2009), the GW Benjamin C. Cruickshanks Award (2009), the GW Outstanding Academic Achievement Citation (2007 – 2009),  the ASCE National Capital Section Scholarship Recipient (2008), and the ASCE National Capital Section Outstanding Senior Award (2009).

Christine graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and enrolled in UC Berkeley's master of science program in civil engineering.  She says that "the nine-month program built on the classes I'd taken at GW and provided a cohesive continuation of my studies in civil engineering."

After receiving her master's degree, she began working at a consulting firm in New York City, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers.  During her three years with the firm, she gained both field and office experience (analysis, technical reports, budget development, proposal writing) working on a variety of large and small projects. 

In the fall of 2013, Christine returned to UC Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in civil engineering and is excited to be there.  Now a doctoral student, she remembers her undergraduate days well and wants to pass along the following advice to prospective undergraduate students: "GWU was an amazing experience and I had SO much fun.  Learn as much as you can, get involved in the campus community, and enjoy your time in DC.  Go Colonials!  (P.S.  Don't skip class.  Even if it's an 8AM on a Monday.)"