Thursday, March 29, 2012
Reston, Va.—Trisha Miazga, a 26-year-old structural engineer with Trautman Associates in Buffalo, N.Y., was recently named a New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Miazga 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.
A native of Saskatchewan, Miazga came to the United States to study at the University at Buffalo on a volleyball scholarship. She is presently working as a “rookie” civil and structural engineer for Trautman. Working under the guidance of the firm’s senior engineers, she has been encouraged not to just be a good civil engineer, but also to mentor students and give back to the community.
As a former director and current secretary and vice-chair of the Younger Member Forum of ASCE’s Buffalo Section, Miazga has been a guest lecturer for Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities, Inc., and for an initiative known as Technical, Engineering, and Architectural Mentoring. Miazga, whose job requires carrying out a large number of building inspections for New York State, says one of the rewards of mentoring students and promoting the profession is seeing the effect she has on young people.
Miazga has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and philosophy from the University at Buffalo. She is a resident of Buffalo, N.Y.
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 www.eweek.org, as well as at www.discoverengineering.org.
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 www.asce.org/Diversity/Diversity-Programs/New-Faces/New-Faces-College-Edition/2012-New-Faces-of-Civil-Engineering-College-Edition/
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.