Louise Bang of Broomfield, Colo. has been named
a 2011New Face of Civil Engineering. Bang is
the executive director of Bridges to Prosperity
trained as a geo-technical engineer and she joined Bridges to Prosperity shortly
after completing her undergraduate education. Bridges to Prosperity is a
non-profit organization that builds cable-stayed pedestrian bridges throughout
the developing world. With design, program development and construction
experience in nearly a dozen countries she has more than doubled the size of the
operation. When describing what she does, Avery asks people to imagine what it
would have been like for them to get to their elementary school if the
infrastructure they had – bridges, roads, etc – didn’t exist. She explains that
she helps people in the developing world build projects that many people
oftentimes take for granted.
her field as way to help people on a large scale, Avery is excited at the
prospect of bringing more people, particularly women, into engineering
fields—particularly civil engineering. She cites as valuable learning
experiences being able to do practical work with organizations such as
Engineers Without Borders while still in school. Avery also is inspired by
contemporary projects, such as the new bypass bridge built over Hoover Dam.
Avery has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and
studio art from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in civil
engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Meet the 2011 New Faces of Civil Engineering: