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2006 New Faces of Civil Engineering


ASCE has named five dynamic young engineers as the 2006 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 2006 New Faces of Civil Engineering have jobs ranging from developing new hurricane evacuation practices to working municipalities helping them study their communities to both protect water resources and reverse past damage. These engineers work to keep their cities' infrastructure functioning at a high level. 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/freeman.jpg  While still a graduate student at West Virginia University (WVU), Lora Freeman began her civil engineering career by developing a relationship with the West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highways (WVDOH) structural department while working on her thesis entitled "Development of an Optimized Short-span Steel Bridge Package." Lora's thesis is going to result in a standardized bridge package for short-span steel bridge girders. Her research has been incorporated by the WVDOH into a training seminar presentation for West Virginia structural engineers on Steel Beam Design Standards.

Upon completion of her course work for her Master's degree, she was hired by Parsons Brinckerhoff in their Fairmont, WV office where she continues her structural engineering career development working under a professional structural engineer. In addition, she continues to work with WVU to complete her thesis and incorporate it into the WVDOH design program. Her intelligence, attention to detail and ability to work with minimal supervision are outstanding traits for a young engineer.

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/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/hamilton.jpg While in graduate school, Elba Hamilton looked to civil engineering as a profession because of her desire to help people and communities improve their quality of life. With this goal in mind and the guidance of her favorite professor, Elba decided to get involve in the field of hurricane evacuation. She was the lead researcher for a national project conducted by the LSU Hurricane Center. The purpose of the project was to determine what the latest policies and strategies are, how they differ from one location to another and to increase the level of knowledge and awareness of these new evacuation practices. She was responsible for conducting a national review of evacuation plans and practices, including both a review of transportation literature and a survey of Department of Transportation, state and local emergency management officials and law enforcement officials in the 18 at-risk coastal states threatened by hurricanes in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico and Hawaii. The findings of her research have been published in several peer-reviewed journals such as ASCE's "Natural Hazards Review and Transportation Research." Elba's work has been used as the foundation for most of the research in the area of hurricane evacuations.

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/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/mcleod.jpg After graduating from Georgia Tech, Katherine McLeod entered the workforce, and learned how expansive the field of civil engineering really is. She has had the opportunity to work in the fields of air quality, environmental assessments, environmental field sampling, site development, and construction erosion and sediment control before identifying her passion for water resources. As a water resources engineer, Katherine has worked with many metro-Atlanta municipalities helping them study their communities to both protect our water resources and reverse past damage. Some of her favorite types of projects are stormwater management and water quality improvement projects such as the design of ponds, wetlands, bioretention areas and stream restoration projects. She enjoys working with both large and small municipalities, helping develop stormwater management programs to implement the Clean Water Act and improve their watersheds.

In addition to her busy career, Katherine serves as the Younger Member Group Chair for the Georgia Section of the ASCE, the president of the Georgia Section of the American Water Resources Association and treasurer for the Georgia Engineering Foundation, a philanthropic/scholarship organization that provides over $45,000 in scholarships annually to engineering students in Georgia.

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/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/miller.jpg Colin Miller is a second-generation civil engineer. After working with both national and regional engineering firms, Colin joined a small engineering firm that specializes in water resource engineering. In this small firm environment, he has had to function in many different capacities. As the firm's computer services administrator, Colin has designed, installed and managed the company's computer network and Internet firewall. He has had to learn bookkeeping and accounting, contract administration, marketing, sales and personnel administration, in addition to improving his technical proficiencies. Representing the firm brings him into direct contact with their clients. In the small firm, the engineer must be a fully integrated person to work effectively with both the technical and management requirements of the firm's practice.

In addition to the high-energy aspects of the engineering profession, Colin has a lovely, energetic daughter, and is currently pursuing a MSCE degree. He gives back to his community by coaching varsity high school football at his former high school. In a time of specialists, he exemplifies the importance and role of the generalist-engineer.

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/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/quiroz.jpg Christina M. Quiroz joined Holzmacher, McLendon & Murrell, P.C. (H2M) in the spring of 2003 after graduating from the civil engineering program at Manhattan College. In her final semester at Manhattan she not only passed the EIT, obtained a bachelor's degree, and gave birth to her second child. Christina is a wife, mother and an engineering professional at the age of 25. As a project engineer, she is involved in a wide array of projects ranging from site, roadway and drainage designs to the preparation of engineering drawings, reports, specifications, construction administration and cost estimates for different public and private sector clients. In addition, Christina has the ability to coordinate the design efforts among specialty groups in a manner. Christina demonstrates exemplary dedication to H2M's clients and her fellow co-workers. Christina has shared her time between H2M's two offices and has become a wonderful mentor to many of H2M's recent engineering graduates that have joined the firm.

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