Outstanding Graduate – Civil Engineering
Civil engineering and sustainability student Daniela Panfil is drawn to water as her calling in life. Before she chose to study the engineering side of water infrastructure at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, she studied the business of water.
“I started as a business major — both of my parents being entrepreneurs — but I found myself missing math and science,” Panfil says. “When I started my undergraduate thesis project on a small-scale wastewater treatment operation, I greatly enjoyed the math and science and decided to switch to a civil engineering major.”
Academic and professional accomplishments, along with public service contributions, earned an undergraduate student and an alumnus of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering recent awards from the Greater Phoenix Area Engineers Week organization.
Daniela Panfil received the Outstanding Engineering Student of the Year Award. Melanie Sikes, a 2004 ASU graduate, received the award for Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year.
The Greater Phoenix Area Engineers Week awards are part of a national effort guided by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) and a coalition of regional groups that work to advance the engineering profession by increasing awareness of how engineers make positive impacts on society.