Dordt College engineering student Jose Benitez was named by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of the ten 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the college category. Benitez is ranked with students from across the country, including Penn State, Mississippi State University, and Purdue University.
Benitez is originally from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Inspired by infrastructural problems in his hometown, and by his family, Benitez decided to pursue a career in civil engineering.
“Considering the years I spent learning English, learning how the college system in the United States worked, and having to choose a university here, I feel like this award shows that the quality of my formation is among the top in the nation and all those years of work were worth it,” says Benitez. “It is a tremendous effort for international students to come over. It’s a path packed with uncertainties, and seeing how things come together like this is extremely rewarding.”
Benitez believes that one of the benefits of studying engineering at Dordt is the investment the faculty make into student growth, and the connections the program has to alumni all over the United States.
“I have enjoyed the support and active guidance from faculty,” says Benitez.
Benitez looks forward to working for a transportation engineering and planning firm in Denver, Colorado, after graduation, continuing to build his engineering skills and working towards licensure.
“I am excited about being a transportation engineer now, because I think we are on the verge of a big transition in the industry,” says Benitez.
Eventually Benitez plans to actively participate in the transportation field in Paraguay.
“In the longer term, I plan to use my engineering knowledge to help my hometown, which was my initial motivation to study engineering.”