Campus: San Diego -- August 21, 2007

Scholarship Created in Memory of San Diego State Alumna Carol Forrest

San Diego State University announced that a $100,000 endowed scholarship has been created in memory of alumna Carol Forrest. Forrest was a prominent San Diego-based civil engineer, national expert in erosion and sediment control, and an active alumna prior to her death one year ago.

The Carol Forrest, P.E. Memorial Watershed Management Scholarship Endowment will provide scholarships to College of Engineering graduate students who are interested in studying water resources affected by storm water and urban runoff. Funding for the endowment was provided jointly by Forrest’s employer Geosyntec Consultants and Forrest’s husband, Michael V. Harding.

“We are deeply honored to have an endowed scholarship established in Carol’s name,” said David Hayhurst, dean of the College of Engineering. “She was a well-known expert on erosion and sediment control, and we hope to support students that share the same passion Carol had for studying water resources.”

Forrest was instrumental in establishing the Soil Erosion Research Laboratory at the College of Engineering in the late 1990s. The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility used for ongoing research on erosion control products and methods.

Forrest died August 13, 2006 in a helicopter crash while working as logistics director for the Flight of Discovery, a scientific expedition commemorating the 200th anniversary of the return of Lewis and Clark from Oregon to Missouri. As part of the project, Forrest planned to conduct water-quality sampling at major river confluences along the 3,600-mile National Historic Trail.

Forrest earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from University of California Berkeley, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from SDSU. Forrest was honored in 1995 as College of Engineering Alumna of the Year. She was also an active member of the SDSU Alumni Association, where she served on the board since 2001.

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