2019 ASCE Awards Byron Jones Scholarship and Meet a CE Day at Oregon Tech!

The Oregon Section of ASCE Awarded the Byron Jones Scholarship to four distinguish student leaders.

Byron Jones was a Senior Field Engineer with the Portland Cement Association.

He was President of the Oregon Section in 1969, Outstanding Civil Engineer in 1982, and an active member of the Student Affairs committee at the time of his passing in 1984. Engineering education and young people were two of Mr. Jones’s many causes. For this reason, his family requested the formation of the Byron Jones Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship award is presented to civil engineering students who are leaders in their ASCE Student Chapter for their service to ASCE and the civil engineering community. Each winner was presented with the $1,500 scholarship at the Meet a Civil Engineer Event held at Oregon Tech on October 5th, 2019.

The 2019 award winners are…

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Ana Tijerina Esquino, Portland State University       

Ana Tijerina Esquino is a senior in the Civil Engineering program at PSU. She has been involved with the ASCE Student Chapter since joining the Steel Bridge group in her freshmen year. Since that time, she has served as the chapter secretary, steel bridge captain, and is the 2019-2020 student chapter president. Ana is interested in helping the Portland State chapter grow and give back to the local community.  When she is not studying or working for school clubs, she is doing yoga, hiking, or sword fighting with Belegarth Medieval Combat society.



Emily Diaz Gunning, University of Portland   

Emily is a senior year of studying Civil Engineering at the University of Portland. She has been involved in ASCE for the past four years and is currently co-president of the University of Portland’s chapter of ASCE for the 2019-20 school year. She has enjoyed being a member of this club since her freshman year. She enjoys working in groups and with other people and is hoping to be able to bring more amazing opportunities to the members of UP’s ASCE chapter.

For the past three years, she has participated in an internship with the Walsh Group, working at the San Jose Wastewater Treatment Plant. During her three summers of interning, She has gained knowledge of the importance of processing wastewater so that it is safe for our environment, and the different strategies and procedures used during the construction process.


Josephine Crofoot, Oregon State University 

Josephine Crofoot is a third year undergraduate Civil Engineering major at Oregon State University and is pursuing minors in both Spanish Language and Humanitarian Engineering.  She is an active member of the OSU chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has held three officer positions in her two years with the Oregon State University chapter. 

Josephine is the new Treasurer of OSU’s Chapter and most recently has been working on funding requests within OSU and brainstorming fundraising events for this academic year. Before this position she was the chapter’s Executive Chair from 2018 to 2019. As such Josephine coordinated the End of Year Picnic, Fall Officer Retreat and organized the participation of Oregon State’s Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams into their respective Student Conferences in Spring 2019. 

Over the course of her term as Executive Chair Josephine further helped to coordinating service workdays with Habitat for Humanity and social events like dead-week Bowling Nights. She ended her term as Executive Chair by attending the 2019 ASCE Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders in Hawaii where she gained further exposure to the ASCE organization and the many resources it offers for its student members. She is eager for this new academic year and to incorporate these resources within her student chapter.  

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Cynthia Roe, Oregon Tech    

Cynthia Roe is the current president of the ASCE-AGC Student Chapter at Oregon Institute of Technology. She is a junior in the Civil Engineering program. Last year, she served as the social media coordinator and the year prior she supported the chapter as we hosted the ASCE Pacific Northwest Student Conference. She has long been an active member and fixture at chapter events and has organized the chapter this year around an ambitious activity calendar. Cynthia is energetic and excited about the work of the chapter.