#WeAreUVAEngineers2020

Although we could not be together on Grounds May 16, the UVA Engineering Systems and Environment community joined together — virtually and creatively — to honor the students who have met the rigorous requirements to become UVA engineers. We invite students, faculty, staff, families, friends and alumni to explore this page to celebrate our newest alumni. We also look forward to seeing graduates and families at the University’s official Final Exercises in October 2020 or May 2021.

A Message from the Chair

To Our Newest Alumni

A message to the graduating Class of 2020 from Department of Engineering Systems and Environment Chair Brian L. Smith.

UVA Engineering Systems and Environment Events, May 16, 2020

MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2020, congratulations on your graduation!

Recordings of the live Zoom ceremonies held on May 16 will be posted on this page, with closed captioning, as soon as they are available. Please check back for updates. Don’t forget to explore the rest of the page for news about this year's class, along with memories, thoughts and thanks to and from our new alumni captured in photos and videos. For more information, please contact Chantel Gross at cms5s@virginia.edu or 540-603-6104.

Congratulations, Graduates!

  • Systems Engineering Graduate Degrees

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Heitor Haselmann Arakawa
    Advisor: Roman Krzysztofowicz
    Dissertation: Probabilistic Forecasting of Agricultural Yield

    Steven Conrad Hauser
    Advisor: Gregory J. Gerling
    Dissertation: Skin contact interactions and neural encoding mechanisms underlying social and affective touch

    Jonathan Hughes
    Advisor: Marc Breton
    Dissertation: Online Adaptive Personalization of Supervised Learning Models in Mobile Health Treatment Systems

    Kamran Kowsari
    Advisor: Don Brown
    Dissertation: Diagnosis and Analysis of Celiac Disease and Environmental Enteropathy on Biopsy Images using Deep Learning Approaches

    Cody Aaron Pennetti
    Advisor: James H. Lambert
    Dissertation: Quantifying the Resilience of Logistics Operations with Disaggregate Spatiotemporal Data for Transportation and Land Use Planning

    Başak Özaslan
    Advisor: Marc Breton
    Dissertation: Personalized Optimization of Insulin Treatment Policies for the Management of Physical Activity in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes

    Wei Zhou
    Advisor: K. Preston White
    Dissertation: Improving Performance and Fairness for Big Data Job Schedulers in Large-Scale Datacenters

    Master of Science

    Martin Emmanuel Bolger
    Timothy Lee Eddy Jr.
    Gerun Lu
    Sanjana Mendu

    Master of Engineering

    Alphonse Nelson Akakpo
    Jonathan Moises Aspromonti
    Eric L. Breeden
    Adam Nelson Lee Carlson
    Wen Ding
    Michael Peter A. Donnelly
    Kyle Anders Eklund
    Ziyang Fang
    Ahmed Mahdi Habib
    Allyson Marie Harris
    Zechen Hu
    James Hutson
    Kiana Jafari Meimandi
    Owen Robert Glover Joyce
    Kenna Zeleke Kassa
    Bruce William Kay
    Madina Mekhraliyevna Khurishanova
    Jessee Kopczynski
    Elizabeth Ross Kukla
    Fredrienne Elisabeth Langley
    Kee Ho Lee
    Shichen Li
    Johanna Jean Loomba
    Bryan James Martin
    Andrew Christopher Moore
    David Negrin
    Talton Warren O’Neal
    Peter Christopher Potecha
    James M. Ryan
    John Anthony Saad
    Dalana Salyer
    Andrew Patrick Schram
    Randy Ladale Shields
    Christopher Barrett Shutler
    Samarth Singh
    Paul Sira Jr.
    William Gene Truitt Jr.
    Leyla Z. Urushanova
    Timothy Voth
    Lei Wang
    Sydney Williams
    Alexander James Wilson
    Runze Yan
    Xiang Zhang
    Yijia Zhang

  • Civil Engineering Graduate Degrees

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Charles Richard Burgis III
    Advisor: James A. Smith
    Dissertation: Evaluation of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Quality Management

    Mehrdad Shafiei Dizaji
    Advisor: Devin K. Harris
    Dissertation: A Computer Vision-Based Structural Health Monitoring Framework: Feature-Mining of Damage for Predictive Numerical Simulations

    Gina Lisette O’Neil
    Advisor: Jonathan Goodall
    Dissertation: Using LiDAR Topographic Data and Machine Learning Techniques to Identify Near-Surface Soil Saturation for Improved Mapping of Environmental Planning-Scale Wetlands

    Dan Austin Plattenberger
    Advisor: Andres Clarens
    Dissertation: Synthesis and Application of Crystalline Calcium Silicate Hydrate Phases

    Mohamad Alipour Tabrizi
    Advisor: Devin K. Harris
    Dissertation: Deep Learning for Robust and Efficient Automated Defect Recognition in Critical Infrastructure

    Master of Science

    Heze Chen
    Seth Jacob Engel
    Angelica Jasmin Melara

    Master of Engineering

    Haddis Abebe
    Sayed Hamidullah Adel
    Sean Taylor Allen
    Kaitlyn Marie Barger
    Mazna Farrah Bilal
    Ian Donovan Campbell
    Kristen Patricia Castilleja
    Qais Ghafari
    Daniel Kenneth Golczewski
    Connor Gabriel Hendrickson
    Jennifer Janel Patterson
    Liam Farrell Tobin
    Nicholas George Vottero
    Leon Vasken Yacoubian
    Faria Tuz Zahura

  • Systems Engineering Undergraduate Degrees

    Bachelor of Science

    Austin Daniel Anderson**
    Darby Lane Anderson***
    Gabriel Alexander Argush*
    Erin Kelley Barrett**
    Alara Miray Bedir
    Maxwell Berman
    Bailey Addison Biber
    Henry Bramham
    Amanda Isabela Brownlee
    Camryn Jill Burley***
    Elizabeth K. Campbell*
    Benjamin Carper
    Shayne Cassidy**
    Emma Jane Chamberlayne**
    Aniket Chandra
    Bhavana Channavajjala***
    Matthew Wynn Coulter***
    Claire Marie Deaver*
    Rahi Desai
    Owen Maxwell Dodge**
    Robert Connor Donnan***
    Amber Noel Ecelbarger***
    Courtnay Rose Edwards*
    Cameron Michael Fard*
    Thomas John Finkelston*
    Patrick Dooney Finley**
    Alanna G Flores
    Miller Caldwell Garrett*
    Grayson Thomas Gatti
    Julie Eva Gawrylowicz**
    Melanie Karen Gonzalez**
    Anna Haikl**
    Emma Hand***
    Toby Samuel Hansford*
    Jacqueline Blair Hoege**
    William Michael Holincheck***
    Colin Michael Hood
    Raymond Huang**
    Allison Marie Hudak***
    Arjun Iyer***
    Rishab Iyer**
    Olivia Kenzie Johnson**
    Mason Elizabeth Jordan*
    Tan Karamete
    Hannah Natalie Katinas
    Christopher Lewis Kaylor**
    Sragdhara Khakurel
    Jessica Marie Krynitsky**
    Michael Jacob Kuchta
    Neha Kulkarni*
    Cem Kutay
    Georgie Ilyse Lafer*
    Maryanna Callahan Lansing
    Emily Shanley Ledwith**
    Taylor Luong
    William Berkley Lupton
    Christopher William Marshall
    Zachry Sloan Martin
    Dillon Neil McGowan
    Meaghan Keeley McGowan*
    Shannon Casey McGrath***
    Brian Samuel McGuire
    Luke Ross McPhillips***
    Benjamin Joseph Metzger
    Samantha Jean Miller
    Charles Van Iper Moens**
    Peter Frederick Myers
    Sarah Winston Nathan**
    Joseph McCann Nelson
    Sarah Katherine Nelson**
    Thomas Mclean Nelson Jr.
    Judy Nguyen
    Tiffany Thanh Nguyen
    Corey Benjamin Nolan**
    Kelechi Ihuoma Nwanevu
    Nathan Ohene-Okae
    Simone Elizabeth Olson*
    Noah Thomas O'Neill***
    Matthew Ryan Orlowsky**
    Griffin Nicholas Ott
    Leah Elizabeth Palombi
    Jeong-su Park
    Colin Patton***
    Lauren Elizabeth Perry
    Robert Stanley Prater III
    Christopher George Pufko***
    Michael John Quinn*
    Ryan Fernando Remias***
    Allison Paige Renehan*
    Victoria Rho
    Carl J. Rhodes
    Emilio Rivero
    Kelly Erin Rohrer***
    Lina Romeo**
    Charles Rowe
    Blake Everett Ruddy
    Mark Frederick Schenkel***
    Kruti Shah
    Shalin Darsit Shah**
    Amanda Rose Sieger*
    Nicholas William Smith
    Kayla Sabrina Spigelman*
    Agni E Stavrinaky
    Scott Michael Stoessel*
    Katherine Jane Taylor***
    Eric Michael Timmons
    Charles Tolleson
    Vy Lan Pham Tran
    Matthew Trivett
    William Edmundson Trotter
    Ian Sebastian Tucker**
    Daniel Joseph Ungerleider*
    Antonio Hipolito Vaz Raposo Mendes de Almeida
    Kayla Anne Wallet**
    Jacob Schuman Walsh*
    Carolyn Ann Weiler**
    Ryan Wells*
    Tucker Joe Wilson*
    Halle Rose Wine*
    Peter Worcester
    Sophia Xiao**
    Amy Jia-Lu Xie**
    Daniel Li Xu***
    Angela Yi***
    Jacob Stephen Ziller***

    *Student graduated with distinction
    **Student graduated with high distinction
    ***Student graduated with highest distinction

  • Civil Engineering Undergraduate Degrees

    Bachelor of Science

    Allyson Beaubien***
    Aleyna Bade Bedir
    Indigo Gail Breza
    Samuel Adam Cave
    Anna L. Cerf***
    Emily Catherine Chen**
    Richard Darrell Dobson**
    Joseph Kent Dunleavy**
    Beau Gutridge***
    Charles Lewis Haywood V
    Jacob Matthew Hegemier
    Samuel Heiberger
    Hannah Herrmann*
    Klara Lahiri Hoherchak
    Nicholas Gihoon Kim
    Jane Pearl Long**
    Lindsey Elizabeth Maxwell***
    Marc Michaud
    Dorian Nguyen*
    Benjamin Nicholas Redfern
    Michael Peyton Rice***
    Edler Saint-Jean
    Heena Shah
    Kaila Stein**
    Meredith Keleigh Sutton***
    Brendan Charles Vachris**

    *Student graduated with distinction
    **Student graduated with high distinction
    ***Student graduated with highest distinction

Now That You’ve Graduated ...

Civil Engineering: Fulfilling Human Needs

American Society of Civil Engineers executive director Thomas W. Smith III spoke to UVA’s 2020 civil engineering graduating class about the role of civil engineers in society.

From Our Faculty and Staff

Dear Graduates

A few memories, well wishes and some parting lessons from our faculty and staff.

Not One, but TWO Outstanding Student Winners From ESE

Engineering Systems and Environment Departmental Awards

  • Systems Program Awards

    Congrats, 2020 honorees!


    Each year, the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment recognizes outstanding students and faculty in the systems engineering and civil engineering programs. We salute this year’s award winners!

    Read more
  • Civil Program Awards

    Cheers to our CE award recipients!


    Congratulations to our civil engineering award winners for their excellence in academics, research, teaching, leadership and service to community.

    Read more

ESE Graduates in the Spotlight

Sharing Our Pride

Here’s the Real Dirt, Civils

UVA Assistant Professor Lindsay Ivey Burden has one final lesson for graduating civil engineering students.

And Yet More Photos and Messages

Because you can’t share too many good memories, well wishes and expressions of gratitude, here are more photos and messages from our new alumni, faculty, staff and students.

#WeAreUVAEngineers2020: Share the Celebration!

We collected your photos in a Facebook album so you can view them from here. Keep sharing your posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #WeAreUVAEngineers2020, and the posts will show up on the UVA Engineering social media wall. Don't forget to use #UVAGrad, too.