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Martha E. Gross, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a major projects manager withthe Virginia Department of Transportation, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Gross has made significant contributions toward the development, procurement, and delivery of over $10 billion of transportation infrastructure projects throughout the United States, integrating perspectives from over 20 years of experience as contractor, consultant, academic, and owner.

Major projects throughout her career include the Cooper River Bridge (South Carolina), Downtown/Midtown Tunnels (Virginia), Tappan Zee Bridge (New York), and Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion (Virginia).

Gross is a published author in the practical implementation of alternative project-delivery methods, particularly for design-build and public-private partnership contracts. She remains closely connected with academia, having taught as an adjunct professor at The Citadel and serving on advisory boards for Virginia Tech Civil Engineering and the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy.

Her volunteer service focuses extensively on our industry’s future engineers; she has presented invited lectures at over a dozen institutions, and actively mentors students and early-career professionals. She also volunteers with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in P.E. exam development, currently serving as national chair for the construction engineering module of the P.E. civil licensure exam.

Gross recently received the Construction Leadership award from ASCE Norfolk (Virginia) and has also earned national recognitions from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Women’s Transportation Seminar, and Eno Center for Transportation.

She holds advanced degrees in civil engineering and business from Penn State and Virginia Tech and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.