Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
today announced that 23-year-old Monica Laisun Louie from New York City has
been named a
New Face of Civil Engineering. Monica
is a track engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff.
An integral part of ASCE’s 2011 National Engineers’ Week (Feb. 20-26)
initiatives, the New Faces program promotes the achievements of young civil
engineers by highlighting their contributions to and impact on society.
a track engineer, Monica designs alignments and sections of track. She balances
her busy job with a full schedule of community service and hobbies, including
being the secretary for the Engineers Without Borders New York Professional
Chapter. As a part of EWB, Monica
recently traveled to Balang, Cambodia to work on a dam project that involved
the construction of a straight weir and restoration of an earthen
embankment. The reservoir is now
providing water for irrigation to more than 9,000 residents. She also worked on
the design and construction of a clean water distribution system for a health
center in Matunda, Kenya.
strong advocate for engineers volunteering in developing communities, Monica
recently spoke about the technology EWB utilized in Cambodia at the Science,
Technology and Innovation Forum held during the UN General Assembly, and the
success of the project at a water resources conference in India earlier in the
year. In her spare time, Monica manages and paddles with a dragon boat team.
She also mentors high school students in as a part of the ASCE mentor program.
has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rennselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, N.Y., and is currently working on her master’s degree in civil
engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
year, ASCE names ten New Faces of Civil Engineering, some of whom are also
submitted to the New Faces of Engineering program run by the Engineers Week
Foundation. This inclusive national program includes representatives from the
civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial and manufacturing
engineering professions. Selected New Faces profiles are featured in a USA
Today ad during Engineers Week and are profiled on the National Engineers
Week website at www.eweek.org, as well as at www.discoverengineering.org.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more
than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national
engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.