“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.”
― Maya Angelou
Every year, from an array of worthy nominees, ASCE selects 10 talented early achievers as this year’s New Faces of Civil Engineering – Collegiate Edition. Chosen for their academic accomplishments and commitment to serving others, these well-rounded students reflect the hope and promise of the next generation of civil engineers.
Meet two of
2017's New Faces honorees
Nakeia Jackson grew up around civil engineering, from helping her father’s company, Jackson Home Improvement, to learning about using computers to make blueprints from her architect uncle.
So at Savannah State University in Savannah, GA, it flowed naturally that civil engineering became her passion.
“When you become an engineer, you are always proud of the work you create,” Jackson said. “Your work is your own creativity and it’s thrilling to make something on paper come to life.”
Jackson is a member of the Savannah State ASCE Student Chapter, the Golden Key International Honor Society, and the Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement.
She’s yet to begin her career but Jackson already has begun working to inspire younger generations. At a nearby elementary school, Jackson inspires children with disabilities to learn about civil engineering through hands-on activities such as building LEGO structures.
To say Damani Nkeiruka is heavily invested in the ASCE Student Chapter at Santa Clara University is an understatement. Nkeiruka is chapter president, former treasurer, Engineers Week liaison, company outreach coordinator, and liaison to the San Jose Younger Member Forum.
Take a breath – there’s more.
Nkeiruka is also active in the Santa Clara Engineering Leadership Council, serves as a lab assistant in SCU’s Department of Civil Engineering, and was a member of the Santa Clara General Contractors program’s team in the Associated Schools of Construction competition in Reno, NV. In an internship with the Transpo Group in Kirkland, WA, he dove into roadway design and the elements that go into it.
“There are so many infrastructure and transportation issues that need to be solved, and I am excited to bring my knowledge, passion, and can-do attitude into that field,” Nkeiruka said.
Learn more about ASCE's New Faces of Civil Engineering
Rising above significant societal and professional challenges, the civil engineers listed below accomplished impressive careers. This month provides the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of African Americans who had an impact on the civil engineering profession and helped pave the way for future generations of engineers.