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Ernst & Young LLP Professional Named New Face of Civil Engineering


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Reston, Va. — Adrienne Nikolic, an advisory services professional in Ernst & Young LLP’s Philadelphia office, was recently named a New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Nikolic was invited to the Society’s annual ASCE Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala, held March 22, 2012, at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va., to receive this honor. This premier black-tie event brought together the most recognizable names in civil engineering.

An integral part of ASCE’s 2012 National Engineers’ Week initiatives, the program promotes the achievements of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions and impact on society.

Nikolic, 27, is a senior with Ernst & Young’s Advisory practice, involved with helping Power & Utilities clients improve their business performance and execute enterprise-wide performance transformation initiatives.

Prior to working at Ernst & Young, Nikolic was a project engineer at Black & Veatch working with large water and wastewater sector utility clients, most notably the Philadelphia Water Department. She was instrumental in developing its utility wide strategic energy plan, which analyzed energy use at numerous facilities and required her to assist with identifying energy-efficient operational and capital projects for implementation at several facilities.

Within ASCE, Nikolic is very active in the Philadelphia Section Younger Member Forum. She served on the board for the last four years, and as an outreach chair developed a program to introduce children to the engineering discipline through hands-on lesson plans. She was also a contributor of the 2010 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure, contributing to both the drinking water and wastewater categories.

Nikolic has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. She is a resident of Philadelphia, Penn.

ASCE names 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering each year, some of whom are 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 were featured in a USA Today ad during Engineers Week (Feb. 19-25) and were profiled on the National Engineers Week Web site at, as well as at

As an addition this year, ASCE recognized the tremendous strides that civil engineering students are making to improve the quality of life for all with its first annual New Faces of Civil Engineering - College Edition. Read more about this year’s college honorees at

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