September 25, 2001
American Public Works Association
Builds New Civil Engineering Lab at CSUS
The Education Endowment Fund of the
Sacramento chapter of the American Public Works Association
(APWA) has given $16,500 for a new civil engineering lab at
California State University, Sacramento. The group has also
pledged to help find additional funding for the lab in coming
The lab will provide hands-on education for students working
in the new field of geosynthetics engineering, which uses
polymeric materials in construction. These polymers, known
as geosynthetics, improve the properties of earth materials
and allow construction of structures at difficult sites. The
lab will be a separate and smaller facility within the College
of Engineering and Computer Science's geotechnical lab, and
will include a United "Smart I" Electromechanical
Testing Machine, which performs tension and tear tests.
The gift is the first to the University from the APWA. It
is the result of a proposal submitted by Cyrus Aryani, a CSUS
professor of civil engineering.
An opening ceremony is planned for late October to celebrate
the naming of the new facility as "Sacramento Chapter,
American Public Works Association, Geosynthetics Laboratory."
The American Public Works Association is an international
educational and professional association of public agencies,
private sector companies and individuals dedicated to providing
high quality public works facilities and services. Originally
chartered in 1937, the APWA is the largest and oldest organization
of its kind in the world. It provides a forum in which public
works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional
competency, increase the performance of their agencies and
companies, and bring important public works-related topics
to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.
More information is available by contacting Amanda Banks,
director of development for the CSUS College of Engineering
and Computer Science, at (916) 278-6629, or APWA representatives
Orin Bennett at (916) 783-4100 or Duane Copley at (530) 756-3463.
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