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May 7, 2018

Greetings from the Division of Academic Affairs.

Civil Engineers Conference


Janusz Supernak, professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, was faculty advisor for the 27th consecutive time to students competing at the annual American Society of Civil Engineers conference. The department sent a record 125 students to the event; its Student Chapter also has a record number this year of 175 members.

“They made all of us at SDSU really proud,” said Supernak.

The students reached the podium eight times: Timber Structure Design (first place), Transportation Design (second place), Surveying (third place), Jeopardy for technical and general knowledge (first place), Volleyball (first place), Ultimate Frisbee (third place), Kan Jam (third place), and Scavenger Hunt (second place). They approached the podium more than any other team. Highlights included:

-The Timber Structure Design team built a structure that proved the strongest and deflected the least.

-The Transportation Design team of seven women and four men designed cost-effective transportation facilities for a new shopping complex, including driveways and parking for cars with access by pedestrians and cyclists.

-The Surveying team performed complex measurements and calculations with the best accuracy and in the shortest possible time.

-The Jeopardy team won the contest including both engineering and general education questions.

-The Volleyball team beat University of California, Irvine team in a final that displayed its preparation and ability to mobilize under pressure.

“As faculty advisor, I am happy to see our students grow professionally and personally when preparing for those competitions,” said Supernak. “They are great ambassadors of SDSU programs and the Aztec spirit.”

Pictured: Timber Structure Design team. Photo courtesy of Supernak.


  • The School of Theatre, Television, and Film has learned that its bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Theatre Arts, and its Master of Fine Arts degree have all received renewed external accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The School’s next accreditation review will occur in the 2024-25 academic year.
  • SDSU celebrated its first cohort of graduates last month from the newly re-established Leadership Minor. The ceremony recognized students who completed the minor, earned the Leadership Certificate, and completed 100 hours of service. For more information, visit the SDSU Leadership Minor website.
  • A team of six SDSU real estate students won the 2018 NAIOP Real Estate Challenge for their mixed-use development proposal for a vacant space in Carlsbad, California. Read the full story on the Fowler College of Business website.
  • Mark Freeman, professor in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film, will have his films featured at the Brooklyn Academy of Art on May 27 in a presentation co-sponsored by the New York African Film Festival.


Premier League Weekend Results
April 5, 2018

Stoke 1, Crystal Palace 2
West Brom 1, Spurs 0
Watford 2, Newcastle 1
Leicester 0, West Ham 2
Bournemouth 1, Swansea 0
Everton 1, Southampton 1

April 6, 2018

Man City 0, Huddersfield 0
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0
Arsenal 5, Burnley 0

For current ranking, please visit:

Correction from Issue 46:

Taekjin Shin, professor in the Department of Management, co-authored and published with Jiwook Jung “Learning Not to Diversify: The Transformation of Graduate Business Education and the Decline of Diversifying Acquisitions.”

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