MBA Student Presented with Outstanding Branch Officer of the Year Award
Ziad Mazboudi, an MBA student in California Southern University’s School of Business, has been awarded the Outstanding Branch Officer of the Year Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), California Region, in recognition of his outstanding service to the ASCE during his term as president of the Orange County branch.
Mazboudi’s career has spanned more than 25 years. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, specializing in capital improvement programs, development, and environmental engineering. As president of the ASCE’s Orange County branch, Mazboudi worked hard to provide job opportunities in a difficult economic climate for the chapter’s membership, and significantly reduced the branch’s expenses. He also contributed to a variety of civic and humanitarian projects, including partnering with an Orange County-based organization called Great Opportunities to help educate at-risk youth with the goal of keeping them from affiliating with local gangs, as well as building homes for impoverished families in Tecate, Mexico.
Mazboudi was presented with the award February 28, 2012, in Sacramento, at the ASCE California Region’s Annual Award Ceremony.
“I am quite honored to receive this award,” says Mazboudi. “Mine is a true American dream story. I moved to California from Lebanon with $1,000 in my pocket, lots of positive energy, and my father’s encouragement to be the best I can be and to make him proud. I believe that I have done that and I was very happy to share the news of this honor with him, my wife, and the rest of my family.”
Mazboudi enrolled in CalSouthern’s School of Business with an eye toward returning to the private sector. “I hope to retire from local government in five years, when I turn 55,” he says. “My goal is to start my own company, perhaps in the field of emergency preparedness and disaster response. I decided to pursue my MBA in order to change the way I think, to better understand how to make money, as opposed to saving money, which has been so central to my current work. Also, since I hope to do work overseas as well as in the U.S., I am taking a number of international business courses.”
In addition to his work in Orange County, Mazboudi has been very active with ASCE on the state and national level. Mazboudi currently serves on a national committee on critical infrastructure and has chaired the California Disaster Preparedness Committee.
“On behalf of the entire university, I would like to congratulate Ziad on receiving this honor,” says Dr. Caroll Ryan, university president. “Students like Ziad make immeasurable contributions to CalSouthern and help make the university such an outstanding environment in which to learn and to share knowledge and experiences with other distinguished professionals and adult learners. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments and wish him continued success in his professional and academic endeavors.”