CeCe Herwig

January 19, 2024

Portrait of CeCe Herwig

CeCe Herwig

Area of Study
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master’s

Faculty Advisor
Brent Rosenblad

Why did you choose Mizzou for your graduate program?
I asked my faculty advisor for career advice during my junior year, and he recommended I pursue a master’s. I enjoyed my geotechnical classes so much that I decided to stay at Mizzou and apply for the Accelerated Master’s Program. I was able to save major costs by taking classes for dual credit, and I’m able to work and learn at a Research I institution.

Tell us about your graduate research. What are some potential outcomes?
My research is strength testing soil samples with varying percentages of recycled asphalt shingles. I am hoping to find a correlation between sheer strength and asphalt percentage, expanding on previous research by my mentors. This light-weight and strong soil mixture could be used as fill in embankments to decrease the soil mass and extend the useful life of the shingles.

What are some accomplishments you’ve achieved at Mizzou that you’re especially proud of?
I was honored to receive the Outstanding Senior in Civil and Environmental Engineering my last year of undergraduate/first year of graduate school. I was recognized for my involvement in civil student organizations, which I worked with a great team of peers to revitalize.

What do you hope to do after you complete your degree?
I will be working as a geotechnical engineer in Kansas City, focusing on deep foundation design. I hope to get my Professional Engineering License and lead large design projects at my company.

What would you tell others considering Mizzou Engineering for graduate school?
If you are considering graduate school, reach out to professors to find shared research interests. I’ve found success at Mizzou largely through the guidance of my professors and fellow graduate students, so I encourage any potential student to form connections within the program!