Local Engineer Named New Face of Civil Engineering
Fort Wayne Project Engineer Receives Honor from National Civil Engineering Society
Reston, Va. – Goodwill is a mantra Ben Groeneweg practices in every facet of his life. The 25-year-old project engineer for the City of Fort Wayne, Ind. is finding ways to improve society as whole by working in water utilities and sanitary sewer. In recognition of his accomplishments, Groeneweg was recently named a New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). An integral part of ASCE’s 2009 National Engineers’ Week (Feb. 15-21), the program promotes the achievements of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions and impact on society.
As a project engineer for City Utilities Engineers, Groeneweg has participated in Fort Wayne’s long-term control plan for the elimination of combined sewer overflows. Projects have included engineering reports on elimination of inflow and infiltration, design of sewer relief projects and trench-less pipe rehabilitation through cured in-place pipe. He has also been part of clean-up efforts for the area’s polluted streams and rivers.
Groeneweg is actively involved in his community, serving as as a tutor, mentoring, volunteering, serving hot meals to the homeless and teaching Sunday school classes at his church.
Groeneweg earned his bachelors degree in civil engineering from Trine University. He resides in Fort Wayne, Ind.
ASCE’s top five New Faces of Civil Engineering were also submitted to the national New Faces of Engineering program run by the Engineers Week Foundation. This program includes representatives from the civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial and manufacturing engineering professions. Selected New Faces profiles, including the top civil engineer chosen by the Engineers Week Foundation, will be featured in a USA Today ad during Engineers Week and will be profiled on the National Engineers Week Web site at www.eweek.org, as well as at www.discoverengineering.org.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.