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2005 New Faces of Civil Engineering


ASCE has named 10 dynamic young engineers as the 2005 New Faces of Civil Engineering. The New Faces program shines the spotlight on the accomplishments of young engineers and highlights their contributions' impact on their community. It is designed to put faces to what has been referred to as "the stealth profession."

The 2005 New Faces of Civil Engineering have jobs ranging from safe bridge design to designing a new monorail system. They keep cities from flooding and roads from clogging.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Kim_Chan.gif Kim Chan was inspired to become a civil engineer by stories about her uncle who helped build the famed Kai Tek Airport, the former airport of Hong Kong, with its 47-degree turn and runway extending out into the busiest harbor in the world. Kim has expertise in analyzing the traffic impacts of new developments, modeling travel demand and how daily travel conditions affect air quality. Today, she is applying her planning and engineering skills to help design a new 26-mile light rail extension to the east side of Los Angeles.

During her off time, Kim enjoys interacting with youth in her neighborhood of East Los Angeles. She is currently helping her local church start a new youth development program which helps lead learning workshops and takes kids to visit college campuses.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Erin_Fletcher.gif When Seattle's voters wanted a new solution to gridlock, Erin Fletcher became one of the first engineers hired to the Seattle Popular Monorail Authority. As the agency developed the monorail's route through the city, Erin communicated the progress of the construction and listened to needs of commuters, businesses and neighborhood planning councils. Erin is currently responsible for the design and oversight of the Ballard crossing, a new bridge for the monorail. She is also writing a portion of the project management plan, the document used to ensure the construction team follows everything the authority requires.

While working full time on a closely scrutinized project, Erin is earning her master's degree in structural engineering at the University of Washington and giving back to the groups that shaped her childhood by chairing a local popsicle stick bridge competition for high school students, sitting on the board of directors for her high school and leading the children's choir at her church.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Payam_Khashaee.gif Dr. Payam Khashaee works with Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers Inc., a structural engineering firm recognized for designing skyscrapers and working on World Trade Center project.

Texas Society of Professional Engineers named Payam the 2003 Young Engineer of the Year and ASCE presented him with the 2004 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award. He received the 2004 Paper Competition Award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute for a paper proposing a new earthquake damage model for designing new buildings and retrofitting the existing structures. In 2003, he was recognized as the outstanding graduate student by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Anh_Ly.gif Anh Ly has been employed by the Parsons Corporation for over four years as a bridge engineer. Her major responsibilities include designing bridges and structural elements for various transportation projects throughout Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties. She is also responsible for coordinating with other engineering disciplines during the Plans, Specifications and Estimate process. Anh designed the two single-span cast-in-place, prestressed box girder bridges and performed Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QA/QC) checks for nine Mechanical Stabilized Embankment (MSE) Retaining Walls for the Ocean Boulevard/Terminal Island Freeway Grade Separation Project for the Port of Long Beach. Anh has also been involved in numerous other projects including: widening the State Route 22 in Orange County, the City of Corona's Magnolia Avenue / Interstate 15 Improvement Project and the City of Los Angeles Bridge Improvement Program.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Joshua_Marrow.gif Joshua Marrow is an engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.'s San Francisco office, where he works on the structural design of buildings and non-building structures and seismic evaluations. Joshua is a recognized seismic hazards expert in the wine industry. Starting in 1997, he has raised funds and conducted research on the earthquake stability of wine barrel stacks, including numerous shaking table studies. Joshua has convinced the wine industry to implement his mitigation ideas by enlightening, persuading, and organizing the industry leaders. Now, he is applying his wine industry ideas to retail bulk storage racks and specialized storage racks for valuable biomedical products.

Joshua is also very involved in his community. Even with his busy schedule, Joshua mentors 14 high school students, and is a volunteer instructor for engineering contest conducted in schools. Joshua has touched the lives of over 80 students exposing them to civil engineering including one student who is now attending civil engineering at Stanford.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Metzger.gif Erik Metzger is a dynamic young transportation engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) in New York City. Erik was put in charge of travel demand forecasting for the No. 7 Subway Extension/Hudson Yards Development Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS). Even with the demands posed by this extremely complex project, Erik has remained active in the ASCE Met Section Younger Member Forum. As ASCE Student Outreach Coordinator, Erik has spoke to students at local colleges and universities about the challenges and rewards associated with a career in civil engineering.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Jason-Mikkelsen.gif Jason Mikkelsen understands that civil engineers control the world of infrastructure development. As a project manager for Dibble & Associates, Jason leads the company?s team in the Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, participates in Future Cities as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Annual Stair Climb and Firefighter?s Challenge.

Jason is a dynamic leader for ASCE, DIBBLE and charitable events. Jason expresses this leadership in engineering by sharing his many talents with others or assisting organizations that touch many in the Valley. Jason is an outstanding president for the Phoenix Branch Younger Member Forum where he has shown incredible leadership and commitment. During the past five years, Jason has been an officer and volunteer for Mathcounts, Kennedy School Outreach and St. Mary's Food Bank. Jason is also the Webmaster for the AzSCE Section, which was awarded the "Outstanding Section and Branch Web Site Award." 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/PhilipsLucyDove.gif  Since joining the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Lucy Phillips has evaluated army airfields and contingency airfields worldwide. She has stressed the need to evaluate airfields with an organized, holistic and systematic approach to save resources regardless of location or situation. When interacting with students, Lucy exhibits an unwavering enthusiasm that encourages them to continue studying engineering and science. She was recently elected president of the Vicksburg American Society of Civil Engineers Vicksburg Branch.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Wheeler.gif Melissa Wheeler began her civil engineering career at the Georgia Power Company while a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Melissa's enthusiastic attitude enabled her to be given more significant projects like negotiating permit restrictions with legislators on state and national levels.

After graduation, Melissa accepted a position in Transmission at Georgia Power. She developed a user-friendly mapping system to display GIS data; the ArcView compatible system that far exceeded the existing AutoCAD, non-spatially, referenced system. Melissa then joined the Transmission Design Group and moved to the Metro Atlanta Transmission Maintenance Center. Her duties include design, maintenance and general design projects for transmission lines from Norcross to South Acworth, and Villa Rica to downtown Atlanta. Melissa was involved in the transmission line design teams for the award winning Atlantic Station Project and the Perry Homes/West Highlands revitalization effort. She is frequently called in on emergency repairs for hurricane damage throughout the southeast.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/Woods.gif Lisa Woods is renowned for her safe, sure designs of bridges throughout Georgia. As the first Younger Civil Engineer of 2002 in Georgia, Lisa?s Section leadership was recognized early. Lisa has chaired the Georgia Section Younger Members Forum twice. She tracks outstanding civil engineering seniors and gets them involved as associate members. Most recently, Lisa organized a whitewater rafting trip that attracted President Bill Henry, members of the Georgia and Tennessee Sections and the Tennessee Tech Student Chapter, giving President Henry an outstanding opportunity to meet grass roots members and students throughout the region.