Sabrina Odah

Class of 2012 (B.S.); Class of 2013 (M.S.)
Civil and environmental engineering

What do you like most about Berkeley Engineering?

I love the people that I have met — including some of my best friends, motivated peers and professors — who have really helped shape who I have become. The environment in the civil and environmental engineering department in particular is very welcoming and friendly. There is enough competition to promote and provide motivation, but not so much as to overwhelm and discourage students. I have experienced a strong sense of community in my classrooms and amongst my peers.

What are you working on?

Sabrina OdahSabrina Odah (Photo by Preston Davis)I am the project manager of the Berkeley Steel Bridge team, which is a student-run team that simulates a real-world bridge project, from design to fabrication and construction, on a small scale. At the competition, our bridge was subjected to both lateral and vertical load tests and had to be constructed in the shortest time possible.

What else do you do?

I’ve helped facilitate the Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects Student Chapter, which is a non-political, non-religious group that promotes professional networking and emphasizes career development within the Arab community. Beyond schoolwork and campus groups, I also enjoy playing intramural softball and have met amazing athletes and people along the way.

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about education, as well as personal growth and development. I feel we are presented with ample opportunities to learn both in the classroom and, arguably more important, beyond the classroom. There are many different directions that the future of engineering can and will take, and it is dependent on our generation to formulate the skills and technical abilities to transform great ideas into great movements.

What are your future plans?

In the Engineering and Project Management master’s program, I am focusing on integrating design and construction practices, as well as emphasizing sustainability and green construction. Upon graduating, I plan to work for a few years to gain experience and establish a strong understanding of real-world projects. I intend to go back to school, however, to pursue a joint MBA and law degree.

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