Meet the new Civil Club Co-Presidents!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin

civil club co-presidents 2015-2016Simbo Pyo (pictured far left) and Shara Viaje (pictured near left), the Co-Presidents of Civil Club for 2015-2016, are excited to be welcoming civil engineering undergrads back to school this month, and to be leading the club through this year’s academic, professional, and social agenda.

Shara and Simbo have a diversity of experience that makes them a great team. Shara has been involved as a Civil Club executive in past years, and brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as Co-President. She has an outstanding record of student involvement in addition to Civil Club: she also serves as VP Finance for Engineers Without Borders; is involved with Alpha Omega Epsilon, the UBC Engineering Sorority; and has plenty of experience volunteering with the EUS. Simbo brings a fresh perspective on leadership to the club, as he has been active with the EUS but is stepping into an executive role with Civil Club for the first time. “I see myself as a ‘Civil servant,’” he quips, adding that he is particularly excited about engaging the many younger students who’ve expressed enthusiasm for the Club. “The interest from the second years this year is really impressive!” For Shara, the position of Co-President means the opportunity “to really serve the civil engineering students, to be the voice that connects the students to the Department, the EUS or the AMS.”

Shara and Simbo have more in common than the presidency. Both are accomplished musicians who share a love of jazz. Shara is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the double bass, the electric bass and occasionally the trombone. Simbo plays the trumpet and has been known to join in with the Godiva Band on occasion. They also share a love of travel, and Shara recently experienced a Go Global summer term in Iceland, where she took an energy and sustainability field course at the University of Reykjavik for three months.

Shara and Simbo encourage civil undergrads who want to get the most out of their automatic membership in Civil Club to volunteer for an event, attend a weekly meeting (taking place every Tuesday at 12:30PM in the Civil Club Loft), and utilize the Design Studio in CEME, which is managed by the Civil Club and is intended as a group study, meeting, and social space for all. Fourth year Civils can also get involved by joining the grad committee, and students from all years can use Civil Club as a bridge to involvement with student teams, such as Concrete Toboggan, Concrete Canoe, the EERI Seismic Design Team, and more. To get in touch with the Co-Presidents, stop by a weekly meeting or send an email to