designing the future
Infrastructure enterprises worldwide are facing a critical
shortage of engineering resources. Committed to helping
develop the human capital that will ensure the continued
success of the infrastructure community, Bentley places
a special emphasis on educational institutions that have
potential to, in essence, become future talent incubators
for recruiters within the infrastructure community.
By exposing students around the world to programs that involve math, science, engineering, and design,
Bentley is encouraging students to pursue careers in engineering and helping them graduate with market-ready technology skills. Through the BE Careers Network program, Bentley bridges the gap between
academia and the commercial market by providing not only state-of-the-art technology, but also a variety
of curriculum support within the classroom in the form of textbooks, web-based seminars, competitions,
scholarships, and resume services. Bentley helps replenish the talent pipeline from which its users recruit
by increasing the number of career-ready students.
This year’s BE Awards of Excellence academic awards recognized the innovative and technically advanced
projects created by students from middle schools through advanced university programs around the world.
Similar to the professional awards, academic winners are selected by a panel of jurors made up of professional engineers and university professors. Forty-four nominees were recognized and four winners were
honored in the academic portion. In addition, a BE Award was presented to the Educator of the Year.
educator of the year
Dr. Howard Turner california state polytechnic university
As a professor of civil engineering at California State Polytechnic University at
Pomona, California, Dr. howard Turner has taught classes from surveying to
advanced road design using the latest software tools, including InRoads for
surveying analysis, site design, and road design. he also directs the Mapping
Science Center of Excellence at Cal Poly.
Dr. Turner has a B.S. degree from University of London, an M.S. from McGill
University, a Dip. Eng. from University of London, and a Ph.D. from University
of Waterloo. he worked as a land surveyor, photogrammetrist, and project
surveyor before becoming a civil engineering professor.
Believing in a close working relationship with industry, Dr. Turner invites outside
speakers and host seminars so his students are exposed to professionals in
the field and are able to network. he facilitated a series of trade shows at
Cal Poly for leading vendors of civil engineering technology.
his students work on real projects with real professionals using real professional tools. One such project took students from surveying to site design to
road design, using a go-kart track as the site. Dr. Turner also has worked on
curriculum development in 3D visualization and animation concepts for both
civil engineering students and the general student population.