Board Member December-January 2016-2017 Spotlight
- Gabreelle (Gaby) Gonzalez
- Fuscoe Engineering
- University Outreach Chair
Where did you grow up?
What made you want to become an engineer? If you had to choose a different career what would it be?
I originally wanted to be an Architect; however, when I began to apply to colleges my dad asked if I had heard of civil engineering. I had never heard of it, so I decided to do some research. I looked into it and found that it was a profession I had a great interest in. If I had chosen another career path it would have been marketing.
What college(s) did you attend? Can you list your degrees, any honors, and involvement in engineering organizations during school?
I attended the University of California, Irvine and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Transportation. I was a member of the Engineering Student Council Public Relations Committee. As for my involvement with ASCE UCI, I was Historian, Internal Vice President, and Concrete Canoe Mix Captain. As internal Vice president, I laid the foundation for the Mentorship program and am very happy to see the program continue to grow.
As a member of the Commercial Land Development team, I am involved with projects varying from churches to corporate head quarters. As a recent hire I have quickly been incorporated into a variety of projects including the Broadcom Campus, Festival of the Arts, and the Del Amo Financial Center. My experience at Fuscoe thus far has broadened my exposure within civil engineering.
My favorite part of being a Civil Engineer is being able to contribute to projects that have a positive impact on the community.
I began my career doing public works projects and recently made a switch to Commercial Land Development. I began focused in transportation, but wanted to broaden my horizons and experience general civil engineering. If I were to start my career differently I would have taken the general civil engineering specialization at UCI. This route would have allowed me to take a wider variety of courses.
A great learning experience for me was a small improvement project for Costco.
The project’s small scale made it a great opportunity to put into practice grading tools in Civil 3D. It was one of my first projects at Fuscoe and it allowed me to improve my CAD skills while familiarizing myself with the company’s standards.
My favorite ASCE event aside from PSWC as a student is the OC Branch History and Heritage/Student Night. I enjoy this event because not only do we celebrate the history of civil engineering, but we give recognition to all the hard work the student chapters have done throughout the year.
I enjoy watching Basketball, but my favorite sport would have to be gymnastics. I was a gymnast until my sophomore year in high school.
-Spending time with family
-Dirt Bike Riding