Award for Academic Excellence: Civil Engineering
Jason Wang says the UGA College of Engineering's focus on connecting engineering to the liberal arts has allowed him to build extensive, robust skills in his chosen field of civil engineering.
"Like literature is open to interpretation, engineering problems can also be interpreted in many ways leading to different solutions," said Wang. "This broadened view has allowed me to see engineering problems from multiple angles and enabled me to go beyond."
A first-generation college student, Wang says his strategy for excelling in academics is to be fully engaged in his coursework and to constantly pose hypotheticals about the material. He believes if a student isn't asking questions about new material, they do not fully understand the subject.
In addition to his classwork, Wang has been active in the life of the College of Engineering and in the Athens community. He served as a peer learning tutor for students in calculus, Japanese and fluid mechanics and as a teaching assistant in fluid mechanics classes. This year, he served as president of UGA's chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, one of the largest most active student organizations in the College of Engineering. Wang has given back to the Athens community by serving as a volunteer for Habitat for humanity as well as a mentor for an after-school learning program.
The College of Engineering Undergraduate Awards for Academic Excellence recognize one senior student from each degree program who has demonstrated exemplary performance in upper-level engineering coursework.