Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
today announced that 29-year-old Lee von Gynz-Guethle, P.E., from Chicago has
been named a
New Face of Civil Engineering. Lee is a water resources engineer
at AECOM. 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.
enjoys the problem-solving aspects of civil engineering and his work helps to provide
an understanding of why floods occur and what can be done to prevent flooding
in the future. Lee worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assess
flooding in post-Katrina New Orleans. He has also worked with the Corps to develop
flood models of downtown Chicago. Lee is currently working to understand how
flooding may occur behind levees in the Sacramento Valley in California.
active member of Engineers Without Borders, he is helping determine the cause
of flooding in a rural Guatemalan town that is home to 17,000 people. He is also
an active member of ASCE—working on the dam safety section of the Illinois
Infrastructure Report Card, which advocates the need for improving the Nation’s
infrastructure. He was also a part of the concrete canoe competition as a
student and in his spare time, Lee enjoys photography and is planning a
six-month “around the world” trip with his wife.
has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at
Austin and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the
University of California, Davis. He is a registered professional engineer in
Illinois, and is also a certified floodplain manager.
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.