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Young AECOM Project Manager Named New Face of Civil Engineering


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Monday, March 26, 2012

Reston, Va.—Ross Gordon, a 27-year-old project manager with AECOM in Philadelphia, Penn., was recently named a New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Gordon was recognized for this honor at the Society’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala, held March 22, 2012, at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. 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.

As a professional engineer, Gordon has distinguished himself as a leader and innovator in urban storm water management. As lead author of Houston’s “Capital Improvement Plan Process Manual for Infrastructure Programs,” he developed innovative solutions to identify, develop and prioritize projects for the multi-billion dollar “ReBuild Houston” infrastructure improvement program. Gordon is also a leader in green infrastructure; his “Independence Parkway – Green Roadway Design” project was awarded the Eminent Conceptor Award from the Texas Council of Engineering Companies.

Gordon serves on the board of directors of the Rice Engineering Alumni, where he is a chairman of the Student Awards Committee. In addition, he also actively mentors future engineers through the Rice University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, where he serves as a professional mentor for the El Salvador Project Team. In his most recent project in El Pital, El Salvador, Gordon helped build a new water distribution and treatment system, which brought running water to every home. The team also promoted water conservation, sanitation, hygiene and safe water storage, and developed a local water board and the institutional structure to support the water system for generations to come.

Gordon has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is a resident of Philadelphia, Penn.

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 and were profiled on the National Engineers Week Web site at, as well as 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