RICHLAND, Wash.- WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Keith Moo-Young helped unveil a new addition to the civil engineering program Tuesday.
The new lab will allow students to get hands on experience while completing their degree, they showed off their new equipment today to the people that made it possible.
"It gives me great pleasure this afternoon to be dedicating and opening our new geotechnical engineering laboratory," said Dr. Keith Moo-Young.
Chancellor Dr. Moo-Young welcomed donors on a tour through the University's newly equipped geotechnical lab. It was made possible by donations from Washington River Protection Solutions and Bechtel.
"It's giving back to the community that's so rewarding...anytime Bechtel has an opportunity to further the engineering discipline they try to do that," said Jim Booth, Bechtel Representative.
Some of the first civil engineering students to use the lab explained their equipment to the donors and showed off what they have learned so far.
"To us this just means we get to do stuff in the lab and not have to travel all the way to Pullman or have to end up taking a class way out there," said Heather Pina, WSUTC Civil Engineering, Junior.
Professor Hossain said the U.S. has a tremendous need for civil engineers and estimates the county will need an additional 50 to 60 thousand dollars by 2020.
"We're very excited that we'll be a part of that equation and we'll be supplying well trained civil engineers here to serve our community, to serve our state and to serve the nation," said Akram Hossain, Engineering Professor.