UCLA Community School Students Get a Glimpse of Careers in Engineering

Brad Dybel (’93, M.S., Civil Engineering) speaks on role of engineering professionals in the design of L.A.’s new football stadium.

Middle and high school students in a Seminar elective class at UCLA Community School learned how engineers have played a pivotal role in the design of the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park. On Jan. 30, UCLA alumnus Brad Dybel (’93, M.S., Civil Engineering) described the engineering design of large civil projects, such as the 70,000 seat sports facility at Hollywood Park. Dybel’s talk included an explanation of the reasons for, and the engineering designs required for deep excavations, such as 100-foot-deep excavation at the Inglewood site; the importance of monitoring construction sites for the presence of paleontological specimens; and the duties that environmental engineers perform on construction sites.

UCLA alumnus Brad Dybel (at center) spoke to students at UCLA Community School on Jan. 30 about the role of engineers in the design and construction of the new Los Angeles Stadium. L-R: Pedro De Leon, chemistry teacher; Dybel, and Anna Clark, liaison, UCLA Community School

As Chair of the STEM Committee at the Orange County Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Dybel has spoken to numerous school and youth groups, including Grace Hopper STEM Academy, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers at CSU Sacramento. In addition, he is the Secretary of the Orange County Engineering Council. This year, Dybel was named the Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service by the Orange County Branch of American Society of Civil Engineers; and was awarded the Regional Vice President’s Medal by SAME in 2017.

Dybel’s commitment to informing students about career options in the engineering fields –  and the college paths towards those options – comes from his belief in giving back after a successful and varied engineering career.

“I really enjoy sharing with students – especially those at UCLA Community School – my perspective on the exciting field of engineering, which I first developed as a student at UCLA,” he says.

Dybel earned his master’s degree in civil engineering at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and has spoken to students on his experiences as a geologist and geotechnical engineer, as well as their career potential in the engineering fields. He is currently at work on a book focused on introducing teen readers to engineering.


Above: UCLA Engineering alumnus speaks to middle and high school students in a Seminar elective class at UCLA Community School. A civil engineer, he described the processes used to design the current project of a 70,000 sports facility at Hollywood Park.