Dr. Garrett Hall

Status: Awarded
Award Type: Outstanding Faculty Advisor for Student Groups

Candidate Information

Name: Dr. Garrett Hall

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA

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B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1992
M.S., University of Washington, Seattle, 1993
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001


List particular major projects or areas in which the candidate has made outstanding contributions.
Dr. Garrett Hall has been a resourceful and accessible Faculty Advisor for the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Student Chapter. Dr. Hall attends the SCE student chapter’s goal setting meeting held at the beginning of every academic year where the officers of the student chapter select their goals for the year. Since he was an advisor the year prior, he is able to offer helpful advice and provide suggestions to the new officers. Since the group of students who lead the Society of Civil Engineers changes each year, the faculty advisor allows the club to remain consistent and in accordance with prior years. This year, he suggested adding a “Historian” position to the officer positions who would help contact and keep track of alumni members and past project team captains. The addition of this position has been a valuable asset to the club in keeping alumni members up-to-date with club activities and allow alumni to get involved with our student chapter. He is also present at the biweekly officer meetings and is kept up to date with the important club activities while being available to contribute thoughts and recommendations. Though the student chapter is run by students, Dr. Hall has been a beneficial resource to the members by providing an additional perspective on situations.

Contribution to the Profession:

Dr. Hall has served as a the Co-Faculty Advisor for the Cal Poly SCE student chapter and has worked with the students to ensure that the ideals and reputation of the organization is maintained. Dr. Hall encourages professional and leadership development of the officers by supporting and accompanying students to conferences. In April, he joined the 90 student chapter members at the five day Pacific Southwest Conference in Tucson, Arizona. At this conference, students met Civil Engineering students from other universities and were able to brainstorm new ideas for club events. In addition to involvement in student chapter events, Dr. Hall has been the faculty advisor or the Concrete Canoe project team where provides advice to captains throughout the year and helps interpret testing results as needed.

Dr. Hall has been a valuable asset for the Concrete Canoe project team. He provides advice to captains throughout the year and helps interpret testing results as needed. He helps edit and critique their design paper and offers assistance with their structural analysis calculations. His expertise and experience from advising the project team for many years makes him a valued asset for the team. Every year, he accompanies the captains to their regional and national competitions which are held throughout the country.

He also was approached by a local elementary school to work with Cal Poly civil engineering students to create an engineering oriented Lego activity for their summer school program. He supervised a group of students during the Spring Quarter as they planned the activity.

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