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2008 New Faces of Civil Engineering


ASCE has named 10 dynamic, young engineers as the 2008 New Faces of Civil Engineering. ASCE sponsors the New Faces of Civil Engineering program as a part of the National Engineers Week New Faces of Engineering program, which recognizes outstanding young engineers from all engineering disciplines. Both programs shine the spotlight of achievement on accomplished young engineers, highlighting their professional contributions and impact on society, as well as putting a face on what has been referred to as "the stealth profession."

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/borrowman.gifThomas Borrowman

Supervising multi-million dollar projects is all in a day's work for 30-year-old Thomas Borrowman, a research civil engineer with the Environmental Engineering Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss.

Following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Borrowman deployed to Louisiana to serve as mission specialist and acting mission manager for the temporary roofing mission. He provided oversight for more than $15 million in expenditures and supervised the mission's distribution warehouse, which provided over 50,000 temporary roofs for the Louisiana "Blue Roof" mission. In recognition of his work, Borrowman received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service and Army Service Medal.

In his current position at ERDC, Borrowman's research focuses on the re-suspension of contaminated sediment during dredging and the stability of sediment beds and coastlines, both of which are significant to the sediment remediation and maintenance of navigation channels and harbors. In 2007, he served as interim chief of the Environmental Engineering Branch, supervising 22 federal employees and 11 contractors conducting more than $6 million of research and development annually. In addition to his work at ERDC, Borrowman serves as president of ASCE's Vicksburg Branch and board member of the Mississippi Section.

Borrowman earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Utah. He is a resident of Vicksburg, Miss.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/bratigan.gifJeanne Brantigan

Working to improve water supply reliability in California during multi-year droughts is yet another way 30-year-old Jeanne Brantigan, a water resources engineer with CH2M HILL in Sacramento, Calif., gives back to her community.

In her current position at CH2M HILL, Brantigan focuses on increasing the dwindling water supplies at wildlife refuges along the Pacific Flyway through conjunctive groundwater planning and conveyance design, while balancing the concerns of regulators, biologists and landowners. She has also worked to improve water management for thousands of acres of California farmland through cooperative studies among regulators, growers and engineers, and has contributed solutions to a Bureau of Reclamation report to Congress. Brantigan was one of 18 professionals selected from a group of more than 80 applicants from California to participate in the Water Education Foundation's 2007 Water Leaders program-a year-long mentorship and leadership program for young people who have shown an active and cooperative approach to decision making regarding water resources. In addition to her work at CH2M HILL, Brantigan works as a fundraiser for her local Engineers Without Borders chapter, volunteers at a local high school's educational community garden and sings with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra.

Brantigan earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a resident of Sacramento.

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/daquigan.gifDeryk Daquigan

You may not be able to see it, but the work of 25-year-old Deryk Daquigan, an assistant engineer with CSG Consultants Inc. in San Mateo, Calif., can be found throughout the San Francisco Bay peninsula-just by turning on your water.

In his work with CSG and previously with Pakpour Consulting Group, Daquigan completed the design of several water storage and distribution projects along the San Francisco Bay peninsula. These projects, mostly underground, provide clean water to numerous residents and businesses.

As a volunteer, Daquigan is active with the ASCE San Francisco Section's Younger Member Forum, where he serves as president and participates in educational and mentoring workshops for students at local colleges and universities. During these workshops, Daquigan and other panelists lead discussions on an array of topics of interest to engineering students, including resumes, interviews, salary negotiations, career fairs, internships, public versus private sector jobs, the professional engineer exam, and civil engineering careers and concentrations.

Daquigan earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from San Jose State University. He is a resident of San Francisco. 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/grnade.gifChavon Grande

Addressing the challenges of major engineering projects while at the same time promoting environmentally sound office practices is an everyday occurrence for 29-year-old Chavon Grande, a structural engineer at CH2M HILL in Somerset, N.J.

In her current position with CH2M HILL, Grande has been recognized for her efforts establishing a "Green Team" to promote environmentally sound office practices and to educate employees on the importance of recycling. The team has introduced paper, plastic, glass and aluminum recycling bins throughout the office. In the future, the team hopes to expand the "techno-trash" recycling program to allow employees to recycle their old batteries, obsolete equipment and other environmentally sensitive products.

In her previous position with Birdsall Engineering in Eatontown, N.J., Grande designed the foundations for several amusement park thrill rides, including Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure-the tallest and fastest roller coaster ride in the world, in addition to several children's rides and other structures. She also spent time discussing the engineering challenges faced in major amusement park ride projects with college students during their visits to Six Flags Great Adventure.

Grande received her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and her master's degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a resident of Edison, N.J. 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/hermann.gifAlicia Hermann

Alicia Hermann could major in multi-tasking. While managing her own engineering firm, the 29-year-old principal and senior manager with Hermann and Associates, LLC in Peoria, Ill., still finds the time to coordinate educational outreach events for local students, establish an annual canned food drive, and serve as city engineer for West Peoria, Ill. and village engineer for Peoria Heights and Creve Coeur, Ill.

Hermann is responsible for everyday business management for her firm, which specializes in designing roadways, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, detention basins and preventative maintenance plans. Previously, she worked on a variety of projects at Randolph and Associates in Peoria, Ill., including Illinois Department of Transportation projects and municipal motor fuel tax maintenance programs.

An active ASCE member, Hermann has served as secretary, educational/publicity chair and program chair of the Illinois Valley Branch. As educational/publicity chair, she coordinated speaking events and engineering activities at local schools aimed at encouraging students to pursue a career in engineering. In addition, she instituted an annual canned food drive competition, held each December, for all Peoria, Ill. engineering consulting companies. At the end of the competition, all food items are donated to a local charity - 3,596 items were donated in 2007.

Hermann received her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Bradley University. She is a resident of East Peoria, Ill. 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/JavierMoncada_07edit.jpgJavier Moncada

Whether he is conducting research in the Indian Ocean or building schools in Mexico, 27-year-old Javier Moncada, an engineer with Berger/ABAM Engineers Inc. in Portland, Ore., is always searching for ways to benefit society.

As a graduate student at Oregon State University, Moncada studied wave forces and the devastating impacts of tsunami events. Upon graduating, he joined marine geologists and paleo-seismologists on an international research vessel near the epicenter of the 2004 Sumatra Subduction Zone earthquake, collecting marine paleo-tsunami deposits from the floor of the Indian Ocean.

Moncada has previously volunteered with Los Embajadores, traveling to Mexico with a group of high school students where the group worked with a local community to build schools. He also volunteers at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, educating the public on marine wildlife and coastal engineering. As a student at Mount Hood Community College, he tutored young students in mathematics and engineering.

In addition, Moncada serves as ASCE's Oregon Section treasurer and founded the Section's Renewable Energy and Sustainability technical group in 2007.

Moncada earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Oregon State University. He is a resident of Gresham, Ore. 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/raghavendra.gifSuresh Raghavendra

Growing up during a period of infrastructure development in India, Suresh Raghavendra, a project manager with PBS&J in Phoenix, witnessed first-hand how quality infrastructure can improve and shape quality of life. After studying in India and the United States, Raghavendra began work on various transportation infrastructure projects with HDR Engineering Inc.

In his current position with PBS&J, the 29-year-old Raghavendra is responsible for project management, marketing and mentoring. Currently, he is working on an Arizona Department of Transportation project through McGuireville, Ariz. which includes traffic interchange reconfiguration and ramp improvements. Previously with HDR, he worked on the design of an interchange on state Route 801 and has previously participated in the development of freeway corridors and the design and modeling of freeway alternatives. As a research assistant at Arizona State University, Raghavendra studied the use of crumb rubber in non-structural concrete, with the goal of finding an environmentally friendly manner to dispose of crumb rubber and alleviate the concerns arising from the disposal of used tires.

An active member of the ASCE Phoenix Branch's Younger Member Forum, Raghavendra participates in various community outreach activities, including volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and participating in adopt-a-highway cleanups. He also volunteers at the Spanish Place as an instructor for basic Spanish grammar and reading classes, and is an active member of HDR's green team, which promotes environmentally sound office practices.

Raghavendra received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Bangalore University in India and Arizona State University, respectively. He is a resident of Phoenix. 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/sauyaswain(1).gifSaumya Swain

Solving the problems of tomorrow today is all in a day's work for 27-year-old Saumya Swain, a manager with SK Telecom in Seoul, South Korea.

At SK Telecom, Swain is currently involved in the design of the Ubiquitous City project-a future city that is continuously evolving through the convergence of information technology and construction. The concept aims to solve current urban issues, such as city facilities, traffic problems and other social, cultural, economic and environmental issues, by building technology into the city's infrastructure. Swain assists the team in designing the information space layer-the point of contact where information technology services and infrastructure are combined.

Swain earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Surathkal, India and his master's degree in construction management from Hanyang University in South Korea, where he earned a full scholarship after winning an essay contest held in Seoul, South Korea. While completing his master's degree, Swain and his academic advisor developed a report card for South Korea's infrastructure. Swain is a resident of Seoul, South Korea. 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/gregory.gifGregory Thiebaut

Whether it is for a bridge or a canoe, 29-year-old Gregory Thiebaut, a registered professional engineer in California, continually finds new and innovative ways to use concrete.

As a project engineer with the DE Group, Thiebaut managed the utility relocation design for the proposed Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) extension from Fremont to San Jose, Calif. As a student, he worked for the California Department of Transportation developing high-performance concrete mix designs for the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In addition, Thiebaut participated in ASCE's National Concrete Canoe Competition, which challenged his team's knowledge of concrete mixes as they attempted to build a canoe that could both float and race.

An active ASCE member, Thiebaut has served on the San Jose Branch board of directors since 2002. He was named Civil Engineering Mentor of the Year by ASCE's San Francisco Section and received the Region 9 Practitioner Advisor of the Year Award in 2006. He currently serves as practitioner advisor for civil engineering students at San Jose State University. In addition, Thiebaut volunteers with the San Francisco Section's Younger Member Forum, is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California and served as chair of the American Concrete Institute's membership committee.

Thiebaut earned his associate degree in general education from Santa Rosa Junior College and his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from San Jose State University. He is a resident of San Jose, Calif. 

/uploadedImages/Diversity_-_New/lady(1).gifSarah Weissman

Making New Jersey a safer place to drive is the daily focus of 25-year-old Sarah Weissman, a program manager at Rutgers University's Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) in Piscataway, N.J.

In her current position, Weissman directs the strategies and actions related to senior mobility-implementing and evaluating measures to ensure that crashes are reduced in the senior population, as well as seeking alternative modes of transportation when driving is no longer an option. With the purpose of developing and supporting existing safety programs aimed at reducing the number and severity of crashes, injuries and deaths on New Jersey's roadways, she developed the strategic business plan for CAIT's Transportation Safety Resource Center, which is a joint venture of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Weissman also developed training workshops for state, county and local transportation and safety professionals and was instrumental in the development of a new software program which assists safety engineers in locating safety problem areas and implementing appropriate countermeasures.

An active ASCE member, Weissman serves as the Central New Jersey Branch secretary and Younger Member president. In addition, she is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the County and Municipal Traffic Engineers Association, New Jersey MathCounts and New Jersey Future City.

Weissman earned her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University. She is a resident of Highland Park, N.J.


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