Gawryla named architectural engineering student marshal


By Mariah Chuprinski

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — David M. Gawryla has been named the Department of Architectural Engineering’s student marshal for Penn State’s spring commencement, which will be held virtually on May 9. Gawryla will graduate with a bachelor of architectural engineering degree in the structural option.

Gawryla has chosen Ryan Solnosky, associate teaching professor of architectural engineering, to be his faculty marshal.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

While at Penn State, Gawryla received the Outstanding Performance in Structures Award, the Excellence in Residential Building Award, the Leadership in Residential Construction Award and the Simpson Strong Tie Scholarship.

Gawryla participated in the 2020 Architectural Engineering Institute Student Design Competition, where he and his team earned three first-place awards and three second-place awards. He participated in the National Association of Home Builders 2019 Student Design Competition, where he and his team won second place, and served as the club’s secretary in 2019. He also participated in the Structural Engineering Association.

Gawryla served as section sergeant with the U.S. Army National Guard from 2014 through April 2020. During that time, he served in the Republic of North Macedonia where he coordinated section responsibilities.

Gawryla completed three internships while at Penn State. He worked for Hope Furrer and Associates Inc., where he assisted with computer modeling and structural design; for Poole Anderson Construction, where he performed construction coordination and safety reviews; and for Whiting Turner Contracting Company, where he worked in construction management.

Gawryla is a 2014 graduate of Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate. He is the son of Joyce and Gary Hanscom of Julian and of Michael Gawryla of State College.

Following graduation, Gawryla will join Ryan Biggs Clark Davis as an engineer in training.


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