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Pitt CivilE Graduate Receives GEM Fellowship

Aron Griffin (BSCE ‘22) will pursue work with Meta and CMU

Aron Griffin, recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, has received a GEM Fellowship Award. The GEM Fellowship provides students funding for graduate school through corporate sponsorships and university partnerships in order to promote opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level.

Griffin’s fellowship is sponsored by Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, where he’ll intern as a design engineer, and Carnegie Mellon University, where Griffin will pursue a MS in computational mechanics.

"I am blessed to have received such a great opportunity, and I could not have done it without the help of the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty or the Pitt Excel program,” said Griffin. “With their help and the help of GEM, CMU and Meta I have been able to secure an exciting career opportunity  which hopefully will result in a rewarding and fulfilling future."

During his time at Pitt, Griffin worked on 3D-printed concrete and prefabricated structural elements in Amir Alavi’s iSMaRT Lab. He also completed two internships, and his senior design team earned a first-place finish in the Spring 2022 Senior Design EXPO.

“This Fellowship represents the amazing things our students do, both in and out of the classroom, and the potential they have to achieve amazing things once they leave our halls,” said Radisav Vidic, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “We’re proud of Aron’s accomplishments at Pitt and look forward to all he will achieve with Meta and CMU.”