25-year-old Rumana Haque of New York City has been named a New Face of Civil Engineering. Haque is a traffic engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Rumana was inspired by her father to go into a scientific field, and was driven to study transportation engineering during her undergraduate studies. In her current position, she focuses on traffic safety for the Port Authority’s bridges, tunnels, terminals, ports and airports. Rumana works on identifying, mitigating and evaluating priority crash locations as well as designing and implementing various safety measures.
Having received significant guidance from the engineering community as she entered the field, Rumana is particularly interested in returning the favor by helping prospective young engineers. She is active in the ACE mentoring program, through which she supports high school students with their design projects. She also works with the Salvadori Center’s Annual Charrette, coaching elementary school students to build scaled models of their visions of improved urban environments.
In her spare time, Rumana enjoys experimenting with new recipes and reading science fiction. She and her friends are trying to walk across every bridge in New York City.
Rumana has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is currently working on a master’s degree in civil engineering at the City University of New York-City College.
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