Region 2 Director Official Nominee

Portrait of Carrie C. Nicholson

Vision statement

All civil engineers advocate for themselves.

Explanation: It is my vision that, one day, all civil engineers will advocate for themselves. This is on route to achieving ASCE’s vision that “civil engineers are global leaders, building a better quality of life.” Civil engineers are best equipped to advocate for civil engineering.

In this vision, by example and with professionalism, diligence, excellence, exuberance, and affability, civil engineers demonstrate pride in the profession and participate in discussions as representative civil engineers and leaders in forums outside the profession. Civil engineers aspire to and occupy leadership roles. Stakeholders defer to civil engineers as experts and heed their counsel. In this vision, civil engineers have a seat at the decision-making tables where they inform about the industry’s relevance and contribute technical expertise. An expected outcome of this increased engagement is a profession that grows in size, quality, and stature with regard to being recognized as global leaders.

Civil engineering is cool; it is important and impactful. In this vision where civil engineers advocate for themselves, more and more students recognize how cool civil engineering is. They scramble to be part of such a dynamic and vital profession – one that’s developing and applying state-of-the-art practices in collaboration with the additional disciplines that shape society.

This vision will be facilitated by ASCE. Leader members should behave accordingly and set an example. They should educate other members about the extensive resources ASCE has and the advocacy in which it participates. Leader members should create opportunities to engage other members in the Society and industry-advocacy roles. As Director, I will champion this vision and related action items – promoting civil engineering education, excellence, and advocacy.

Biographical statement

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, Norwich University
  • Master of Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Graduate Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lehigh University

Certification and licenses

  • Professional Engineer: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC

Work experience

  • President and Owner, Accurate Infrastructure Data, Inc., present
  • Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Navarro & Wright Engineering Consultants after acquisition of Raudenbush Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineer, WSP after acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff

ASCE involvement

Society-level

  • Region 2 Governor, 2019-present
  • Member, UESI Marketing and Membership Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, Public Policy and Practice Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, State Government Relations and Grassroots Committee, 2016-2020
  • State Lead, Legislative Fly-In, 2017-present; Participant, 2016
  • Advocacy Captain and Key Contact, 2014-present

Local-level

  • Lead, Maryland Infrastructure Report Card, 2020, 2011
  • Presenter, Maryland Section general meeting, 2020, 2014, 2011
  • Member, Maryland Utility Engineering and Survey Institute Leadership Committee, 2018-present
  • Chair, Maryland Geo-Institute, 2016-2019
  • Meeting Panel Organizer and Panelist, Industry Leaders Council, 2016
  • Maryland Section
    • Past-President, 2016-2018
    • President, 2015-2016
    • Vice-President, 2014-2015
    • Secretary, 2012-2014
    • Director, 2011-2012
    • Younger Member Co-chair, 2008-2010
    • Newsletter Editor, 2007-2012

Other volunteer activities

  • Facilitator, Maryland Engineering Challenges
  • Assistant Treasurer and Crew Chief, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
  • Red Hat, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
  • Consultant, Bridges to Prosperity (Chari Chari, Bolivia, 2013 recipient of ASCE’s Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering Award, and El Charcon, El Salvador projects)
  • American Society of Highway Engineers, Chesapeake Chapter
    • President
    • Secretary
    • Director
    • Website Editor
    • 2015 National Conference Subcommittee Lead

Awards

  • Maryland Section Engineer of the Year, 2021
  • Region 2 Young Engineer of the Year, 2019
  • Maryland Section Young Engineer of the Year, 2011