Breña Receives Curriculum Development Award from PCI
Dr. Sergio F. Breña, professor and associate department head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE), recently received a curriculum development award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Foundation.
Founded in 1954, the PCI is the technical institute and trade association for the precast/prestressed concrete structures industry. This curriculum development award is intended to assist Breña in establishing a precast/prestressed curriculum within CEE, in order to promote experiential learning, enable industry partnerships, and broadly educate the next generation of engineers about the possibilities and uses of precast/prestressed concrete.
Breña’s curriculum development award is part of the PCI’s Studio Nation program, which now encompasses 43 universities across the United States and Canada. The program aims to establish productive partnerships between the academic community and the precast industry. These connections serve the dual benefit of encouraging innovation in the precast industry and helping prepare students for a wider range of productive careers.
Breña, who has taught in CEE since 2000, has a rich history of recognition and stewardship within the PCI. He has been honored as a Fellow by the PCI, and he has received the Distinguished Educator Award, the Young Educator Award, and the Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship. He has also served on the PCI Northeast Bridge Technical Committee, has served as the chair of the PCI Student Education Committee, and currently serves in the PCI Design Handbook Committee and the PCI Design Standard Committee.