Tag: New Faces of Civil Engineering

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From Italy to New York, AECOM Manager and Mentor a Worthy New Face

Not yet 30 years old, Marilisa Stigliano is already a leader among leaders. A project controls manager for AECOM in New York City, Stigliano devotes time each week as lead of a team of deputy project managers that advises project managers around the metropolitan area. “It’s been an incredible experience for me,” said Stigliano. “I love being a mentor for the deputy project managers.” “It’s incredible how...

Champion of High School Outreach in Dallas a Deserving ASCE New Face

Jonathan Brower’s official title with the ASCE Texas Section’s Dallas Branch is Civil Engineering Club Champion – emphasis on “champion.” Brower has been mentoring students and scheduling an array of civil engineering lectures at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas since 2013. That’s nearly four years of service for juniors and seniors in the civil engineering and architectural design classes. Almost every Friday. For four years....

Gymnastics Greatness a Springboard to Civil Engineering Success for Mullen

Not many civil engineers have an apprenticeship like this one. Erica Mullen, known to everyone in her life as Sunny, spent much of her childhood in the gym, honing her gymnastics skills on the balance beam and tumbling mat. She went on to earn All-American honors at Rutgers University, after placing third on the uneven bars at the 2010 USA Gymnastics Nationals. All the while –...

New Face Loves Civil Engineering’s ‘Tangible’ Satisfactions

They say no one knows you like you do. Chad Norvell’s career validates the cliche. He began college studying architecture, and he enjoyed it, but he couldn’t help feeling that his true talents lay elsewhere. “I was interested in the details and the mechanics that made structures work,” Norvell said. “I wanted to do work that produced something physical and tangible.” He switched majors to civil engineering, and...

1999 Earthquake Set Pehlivan on Quest for Resiliency

Their high-rise building started shaking around 3 a.m. “We woke up, and I remember my mom pulling us out of the apartment,” said Menzer Pehlivan. “And I’m 13 years old, so I’m like, ‘What is going on?’” Pehlivan and her family were living in Ankara, Turkey, when a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook the country on Aug. 19, 1999. They were about 200 miles from the Izmit epicenter,...

Young Engineer Uses YouTube as Platform to Inspire

Elizabeth Ruedas is working to make her name in the civil engineering field. She already has an audience lined up. Ruedas, EIT, ENV SP, A.M.ASCE, is a design engineer for CNC Engineering Inc. in the City of Industry, CA, a YouTube star – with 70,000 followers and more than 8 million views on her channel – and selected by ASCE as one of the 2016...

2016 New Face Inspires Baltimore Engineering Peers Through Site Tours

Matthew McCarty claims he’s an introvert. The resume says otherwise. Through his work with ASCE and the Structural Engineering Institute, he has helped build a sense of community within Baltimore engineering circles by championing a series of hands-on site tours. “I would say I am by nature an introvert. That’s something I’ve worked very hard on over the last few years,” said McCarty, S.E., P.E., named...

Ghana Trips Teach Power of Engineering and Generosity

The children’s home was supposed to be a refuge. It was the place where children went to find safety and health. Except the home wasn’t safe, and the children weren’t healthy. Stagnant water all around the site meant mosquitoes. Mosquitoes meant malaria. With no gas stoves, the residents cooked food using large, open fires indoors – even in the nursery. There was only one tank of...

Cultural Heritage and Tight-Knit Community Motivate Engineer

Growing up in the Karachay community within Clifton, NJ, most of Ece Fatima Koch’s friends and peers were first-generation Americans. The Karachay hail from the North Caucasus – a territory that is now a republic of Russia. Several generations of Koch’s family lived in Turkey before her parents moved to the United States. Language may often be a challenge. Cultural norms could get lost in translation. So...

Milwaukee-Based Engineer Turns Cancer into Call to Help Others

Want to get Kyle Bareither talking? Here are some suggested topics: deep-soil mixing, environmental remediation, in-situ bioremediation… or maybe even unconfined compression strength. Clearly, this is a man who loves what he does and what he does is specialize in cleaning up former manufactured gas plants, working as an environmental engineer for Natural Resource Technology Inc. in Milwaukee. ASCE has selected Bareither as one of the 2016...