Campus: CSU Sacramento -- November 20, 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
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
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.