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Widener Alumnus and Student Recognized by National Civil Engineering Society

Senior civil engineering major Derek Harzinski has received the 2016 Student Leadership Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

A Widener University alumnus and student have each earned national recognition from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The ASCE annually distributes a handful of awards to civil engineers and civil engineering students from across the country.

Kevin Brown, Jr., EIT, was awarded the 2016 ASCE Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award. Brown was one of three individuals out of a pool of nominees selected by the ASCE Committee on Student members to receive this award. Brown was chosen for his outstanding work and dedication as a practitioner advisor to the Widener University and Temple University ASCE student chapters. Brown is an alumnus of Widener University, graduating in 2009 with his bachelor’s degree and in 2014 with a master’s degree, both in civil engineering.

“Mentoring is very important because it gives you the opportunity to go beyond helping someone with the technical side of things; it allows you to build relationships where life lessons can be shared,” said Brown of his role as a practitioner advisor. “Success happens when the relevant things derived from those life lessons are paired with the technical abilities that I feel most students these days already have.”

Widener senior civil engineering major Derek Harzinski, a student member of the ASCE, was selected by the ASCE’s Committee on Student Members to receive the 2016 ASCE Student Leadership Award. Harzinski was selected for his leadership and dedication to the student chapter. He also is one of only three award winners in the category. He was nominated by Brown.

“I was honored to have been nominated by the ASCE advisor, Kevin Brown,” said Harzinkski. “He has been a great mentor to me and my success so far in ASCE would not have been possible without his help and guidance.”

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses are in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website,