Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today
announced that 30-year-old Heidi Faison of Oakland, Calif., has been named a New Face of Civil Engineering. Heidi is
the outreach director for the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center. 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 structural engineer, but has found her niche doing outreach for
the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center at the University of
California, Berkeley. The center studies the effects of earthquakes on buildings,
bridges, and lifeline systems such as utilities, and develops new methods and
systems to ensure that they perform safely during earthquakes. In this role she
uses her engineering training to disseminate research results to various
audiences. She sees it as her mission to bridge the gap between academia and
engineering practice so that engineers in the field are able to put the most
recent research to use.
also coordinates the undergraduate internship program for the center and she
runs an outreach program for students in grades k-12 to teach them about how
engineering is affected by earthquakes. In her spare time, Heidi works with the
local chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, trying to
influence change in her own community. She is on the board of the World Housing
Encyclopedia which is dedicated to providing guidance to developing countries
as they build structures in seismically active areas.
has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from California
Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and she is a registered
professional engineer in California.
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.