Eset Alemu, P.E., M.ASCE
2014 New Faces of Civil Engineering - Professional Honoree
Alemu, a Hydraulic Engineer at WEST Consultants in Bellevue, WA works in water resources planning, water infrastructure modeling, hydraulic and hydrological analysis.
As an active member of the ASCE Seattle Section, she mentors high school and college students and participates in “Engineering Rocks”, a program aimed at teaching students about the benefits of engineering in their community.
Also an active member of Engineers Without Borders-Puget Sound Professionals, she serves as the Project Lead for the Nicaragua Project and has mentored Seattle University students in the building of an orphanage near Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.
Alemu helped to create the Nicaragua Program to focus on building a wastewater treatment facility for a beneficio (coffee processing plant) in the community of Tierra Nueva in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. In January 2013, Alemu traveled to Matagalpa with a team of volunteers and engineering students, from the University of Central America, to assess the feasibility of the project and collect data to support design of the facility’s wastewater processing system.
Alemu earned her bachelor’s degree from Addis Ababa University and her master’s degree from the University of Washington, both in civil engineering.