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University of Michigan Assistant Professor Named New Face of Civil Engineering


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Friday, March 30, 2012

Reston, Va.—Ann Jeffers, a 29-year-old assistant professor in the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Michigan, was recently named a New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Jeffers was recently invited to the Society’s annual 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.

Jeffers did her doctoral research on methods for increasing buildings’ fire resistance, and was motivated to pursue this research because of the events of September 11, 2001. She sits on the Fire Protection Committee within ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute. She has found her career to be extremely rewarding because she has the opportunity to make a huge impact in a variety of different ways, including teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, managing an active research program and engaging in a range of professional and community service activities.

Jeffers has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s and doctoral degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She is a resident of Saline, Mich.

ASCE names 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering each year, some of whom were 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