Young Alumni Advisory Board


Adrian Cortez
Design Engineer, Mark Thomas
Adrian is a design engineer at Mark Thomas that focuses on roadway, highway, and drainage facilities. His current project includes Firestone Blvd Widening in Norwalk, CA and US-101 Freeway Widening in Santa Barbara, CA. Aside from engineering, Adrian will be concentrating on Mark Thomas’ business development by targeting South Bay and Gateway Cities. He will also be a key personnel for the new-upcoming Long Beach office to expand the Southern California market. During his free time he likes to go hiking in the mountains, take weekend camping trips and read personal finance blogs.

Frida Lohmann
Project Engineer, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Frida Lohmann graduated Cal State Fullerton with a B.S. in Civil Engineering Spring of 2018. Throughout  her undergraduate program, she was highly involved in extracurricular leadership such as ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers and Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society to name a few. After graduation she still maintains her active role by acting as one of CSUF ASCE Chapter’s  Younger Member Forum’s Liaison. She is currently working in the field of Construction Management.

Gian Carlo Piatos
Design Engineer Brandow & Johnston
Gian Piatos is a structural engineer working with Brandow & Johnston Structural & Civil Engineers in the Downtown Los Angeles area. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis on Structural/Earthquake Engineering from UCLA. His current experience includes new building design retrofit of existing buildings.

Brenda Elias Zarate
Traffic Engineer, HDR Inc.
Brenda Elias-Zarate graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2018 with a BS in Civil Engineering. She currently works at a global engineering firm, HDR, as a Traffic Engineer in Training.  Her current work involves the traffic and electrical design elements of the Los Angeles World Airport Automated People Mover Design Build Project which she is very proud to be a part of. Aside from her current job duties, her focus is in obtaining her Professional Engineering license. On her free time she enjoys running outdoors, visiting new coffee shops and spending time with her family.

Naven Meas
Design Engineer, Mark Thomas
Naven is a proud alumnus of CSUF class of 2016. He currently works for Mark Thomas, a transportation design firm here in Irvine, CA as a Design Engineer . For the majority of his early career, he had the pleasure of working on many groundbreaking transportation projects. He is passionate about sharing his experience and motivate CEE students for greater success. Outside of work, Naven enjoys playing basketball, working on small home-improvement projects and learning more about real estate investing.

Brad Mays
Civil Engineer II, AECOM

I graduated CSUF in 2016 with a BS in Civil Engineering. I spent the first few years of my career as a construction engineer learning how to coordinate with subcontractors, engineers and architects to keep projects moving forward. I now work as a design engineer with AECOM with experience designing roadways, retaining walls, and drainage facilities. I spend my free time traveling, hiking, camping, reading and watching sports. I am actively working towards attaining my PE license.

Junie Vuong
Assistant Engineer, City of Orange
Junie currently an Assistant Engineer with the City of Orange, Public Works - Water Division. Prior to that, I was the Engineering Tech in Subdivision (Developmental Services) and Engineering Design, also within Public Works at the City of Orange. I brief taste of the private sector as an Engineering Intern at Hall & Foreman (now David Evans & Associates). Although a career in public service was never in my plans as a student, I'm glad the cards played out the way they did. It's very fulfilling to see the community you serve be affected by not only your work, but your colleague's from other departments.