Although the Bonneville Lock and
Dam near Portland, Oregon is a long way from Southern California, the
area is especially interesting for one student in CSULB’s Antelope
Valley Engineering Program (AVEP). Built in 1938 to provide
hydroelectric power to the Pacific Northwest, the dam is recognized as a
National Historic Landmark for its origins as a Public Works
Administration project of President Roosevelt’s New Deal.
the dam’s history is significant, it’s the future of it that concerns
Amir Labib. As a mechanical engineering student, Labib applied what he
learned in the classroom to a major infrastructure project at the dam,
working alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.