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Allen Sit, Profile of a Recent Graduate

Allen Sit, age 23, is a recent graduate of UMass.  He shares his thoughts on his new position and UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE).

Allen’s first interest in the civil engineering field began when he took an architecture course outside of high school and interned at a structural engineering and consulting firm, Hung Associates Inc.  He learned about the relationship between the structural engineer and the architect as well as the basics of AutoCAD. He knew pursuing a career in the civil engineering field was what he wanted to do.  Allen felt that UMass Amherst offered him plenty of resources to accomplish such a goal.

Mr. Sit worked closely with Dr. Sanjay Arwade and Dr. William Highter while at CEE.  His relationship with Dr. Arwade began when Allen was asked, during the spring of his freshmen year, to conduct research with Arwade on deck stiffen arch bridges. That involved using the structural analysis software, ADINA to create a 2D model, examining the structural behavior of the bridge. The goal was to replicate a graph to show the accuracy of deck stiffening in reducing arch stress which David Billington expressed through an equation. The success of that year long research project led him to another project which was to create an Engineer's Guide to Western Massachusetts for structures around Western MA and of UMass Amherst. Allen said he spent two years on the second project, which ultimately led to his undergraduate thesis, used for the honors college, Commonwealth College. He graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude.

He also worked with Dr. William Highter. Dr. Highter was his professor along with the advisor to Chi-Epsilon. He worked closely with Dr. Highter to bring in guest lecturers to provide the students of CEE with professional experience and knowledge of the alumni in the industry.

Allen graduated from CEE in May 2010. He went on to Cornell University and earned his Masters of Engineering Degree in one year while working alongside a structural engineering firm, Ove Arup, on a design project (Torre Reforma, a 57 story skyscraper located in Mexico City) that was a great transition to the industry.

Mr. Sit is currently employed at Parsons Brinckerhoff as an entry level structural engineer in the Architecture and Buildings Department in Boston, MA.  After 6 weeks of employment, Mr. Sit stated "I have been exposed to designing Web Doubler Plates for a steel connection and sign pole foundations for areas of Logan Airport's  new Customer Service Center, constructing structural analytical models in STAAD and ETABS, creating building information models in Revit Structures, and AutoCAD."

We wish Mr. Sit the best of luck!