Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today
announced that 26-year-old Avery Louise Bang of Broomfield, Colo. has named a New Face of
Civil Engineering. Bang is the executive
director of Bridges to Prosperity. 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.
trained as a geo-technical engineer and she joined Bridges to Prosperity shortly
after completing her undergraduate education. Bridges to Prosperity is a
non-profit organization that builds cable-stayed pedestrian bridges throughout
the developing world. With design, program development and construction
experience in nearly a dozen countries she has more than doubled the size of
the operation. When describing what she does, Avery asks people to imagine what
it would have been like for them to get to their elementary school if the
infrastructure they had – bridges, roads, etc – didn’t exist. She explains that
she helps people in the developing world build projects that many people
oftentimes take for granted.
her field as way to help people on a large scale, Avery is excited at the
prospect of bringing more people, particularly women, into engineering
fields—particularly civil engineering. She cites as valuable learning
experiences being able to do practical work with organizations such as
Engineers Without Borders while still in school. Avery also is inspired by
contemporary projects, such as the new bypass bridge built over Hoover Dam.
has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and studio art from the University
of Iowa and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of
Colorado in Boulder.
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.