Local Engineers Provide Career Advice at Cal State Northridge

Two local engineers from Ventura County have made a presentation at California State University, Northridge for career guidance to students. It was arranged by the student chapter of The American Society of Civil Engineers at the University. Engineering students of various disciplines, and others from management classes were present to hear the presentations provided by two engineers from Hasan Consultants of Ventura. Hasan consultants is a civil, environmental and Transportation engineering firm. The engineers are Richard Herrera and Mohammed Hasan.

According to the professional liaison Ernie Pedroza, the chapter has 150 members, and meets biweekly at the campus. Both the engineers discussed career paths and what it takes to be a registered professional in California. It was emphasized that all civil engineers earn professional engineer’s license from the state of California. It is done in two parts, first, engineer in training exam and then the final exam, both of which are one-day exams each. After getting the registration as a civil engineer, some proceed to get further registrations in specific fields e.g. structural, geotechnical or traffic engineering.

Herrera received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. He is a licensed professional civil engineer (PE) in the state of California. He has the specialized license of Traffic Engineer (TE). Prior to joining Hasan Consultants, he served for several years at the county of Ventura, city of Oxnard, and the California Department of Transportation. His broad experience includes all aspects of signal and roadway design, traffic impact studies, construction traffic control plans, litigation support, and supervision of technical personnel at office and in the field. Herrera is a member of various professional organizations including the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Institute of Traffic Engineering.

Hasan has experience in both the public and private sectors. He was an engineer with the Ventura Regional Sanitation District, the utilities superintendent of the city of Oxnard, and is the Principal Engineer and Owner of Hasan Consultants. He holds dual M.S. degrees from the University of Iowa. He’s a licensed professional engineer in California and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He’s also a leadership fellow of the American Public Works Association and a distinguished life member of the American Water Works Association. Rotary International has awarded him a Paul Harris fellow. Hasan has also authored a book solving California’s drought problem.

Hasan Consultants provides services in civil and environmental engineering, traffic and transportation, and surveying.  For the past 33 years, Hasan Consultants has served both private and public sectors in design, specifications, reports, expert witness, permitting, monitoring, client consultation for water, wastewater, drainage, roads, transportation, remediation, parcel maps and land development. More information about the firm is available at hasanconsultants.com. Their office is located at 2436 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura.

Photograph of Herrera and Hasan with CSU Northridge students

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