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Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE

2018 President

Vision Statement

ASCE's stated vision is 'Civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.' The Vision of 2025 closely mirrors and further articulates the Society's vision and was developed by a diverse group of industry leaders from across the globe, including ASCE leadership, engineers in multiple disciplines, architects, educators, and others. It states 'civil engineers will serve as master builders, environmental stewards, innovators and integrators, managers of risk and uncertainty, and leaders in shaping public policy.' Our vision is clear and achievable. It should guide us individually as we develop in our own careers and define how our profession is regarded by society at large.

In recent years, our work through ASCE has advanced the profession toward the vision in many ways. Our Infrastructure Report Card is regularly cited by media and elected officials. They understand the importance of infrastructure for our health, economy, and quality of life. The report card is a great tool for educating our leaders and the general public and it assists our members when they are advocating for change. Having personally presented Nevada's infrastructure report card to the State Legislature and worked as an ASCE Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate, I saw firsthand the impact of the report card and our advocacy efforts.

Our partnership with the American Public Works Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies led to the creation of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and its development of the Envision rating system. The Envision rating system helps guide design and construction decisions that go beyond sustainability in terms of resources and our environment; it assists engineers in developing solutions that are also economically feasible and socially equitable in their application. Through the ISI, the ASCE Sustainability Committee, and our individual work on projects across the globe, we are continually developing new technologies and practices. We are also advancing our understanding of the interaction between the natural and built environments, enabling our communities to build better, more sustainable projects.  

In addition to utilizing the report card and the Envision rating system, members around the world are actively participating in ASCE's numerous technical groups and institutes. Through these efforts we are developing infrastructure solutions to improve community resiliency in the face of natural hazards. Our standards are updated as new data, analyses, and technologies are developed so that facilities are designed and constructed to last. These new innovations are also supporting our existing infrastructure. Through technologies like the RABIT bridge inspection tool, we are better able to assess the condition of existing structures and prioritize limited resources for repairs and maintenance. 

Despite these achievements, civil engineers do not consistently have a seat at the table where critical decisions are made. To be leaders shaping public policy and enhancing our communities, we need to position ourselves as technical advisors and key influencers. This requires that we are aligned in our purpose, work together toward meaningful outcomes, contribute to the conversation, and help leaders make informed decisions. To be recognized as global leaders, we need to move beyond the stereotypes of the typical engineer and demonstrate our abilities to communicate and interact with a variety of stakeholders.  

Like many, there have been times when I stepped aside rather than stepping up. Fortunately, I have also had the benefit of great mentors and advisors, particularly in ASCE, that have encouraged me to extend myself beyond my comfort zone. Through those opportunities, I have learned and grown and had a seat at tthe table as key decisions were made. Likewise, the engineers I have met and with whom I have worked and volunteered do not fit the engineering stereotype. Together, as a professional society and as individuals, we are strong communicators, negotiators, developers and innovators. We are leaders.

Our path to achieving the vision lies in our strategic initiatives, such as the Grand Challenge to reduce life cycle costs, and in our ability to convey our role in community building. The strategic initiatives link directly to our vision and demonstrate, to those outside our profession, the importance of engineers in decision-making. They are also closely linked to each other and success in any one will help drive the others forward. Further, they impact our ability to attract and retain the best and brightest as they elevate the profession and shape the conversation around the role civil engineers play in building infrastructure and fostering livable communities.

As our cities change to accommodate new generational interests, priorities, and needs, the quality of life is increasingly seen as a key economic driver. Regions that are investing in their infrastructure are attracting a younger, more educated workforce that is innovating, adding vibrancy, and catalyzing growth. In February 2015, CNN rated infrastructure investment as one of four key economic drivers of the future. The article was focused on the U.S.; but across the world, infrastructure is driving economies and shaping communities. We need to position ourselves as a key link between public policy, infrastructure investment, and quality of life with our friends, family, business leaders, elected officials, and the general public. This is the key to our success.

ASCE, along with its 82 partner organizations in 66 countries, represents us as individual engineers and our profession as a whole.  Since my first leadership role as a child in 4-H, through presidencies and chairmanships in the Junior League of Las Vegas, Engineers without Borders, ASCE and other organizations, I've learned that the President's role is to lead the organization toward success in the initiatives that are developed by and important to its members. This keeps the organization focused and moving forward. My vision is our vision. It has been since I was a budding engineer, through my many years of practice, and remains so today. If elected, it will be my honor to lead us toward achieving our vision and elevating our profession.  Civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.


  • Master of Science in Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science: Civil Engineering, University of Arizona, 1994
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil)- Nevada

Work Experience

  • City of Las Vegas, Engineering Program Manager, 2012-Present
    Leading a team of engineers responsible for delivering public works projects and planning the sanitary sewer collection system. Duties include assignment of projects to staff, negotiating design and construction contracts, reviewing progress of the work, processing invoices and pay applications, coordination with public and private sector stakeholders, and responding to external comments or questions.  Other duties include advising on bicycle and pedestrian-related infrastructure, representing the City, as needed, at the Nevada Legislature, participating in public meetings, and guiding public outreach policy.
  • United States Senate, Office of Senator Tom Udall, 2009-2012
    As the Senator's lead on transportation policy, worked on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill and the development and passage of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization bill.
    • Legislative Assistant, Transportation Policy, 2010-2012
    • American Society of Civil Engineers / American Association for the Advancement of Science - Science and Technology Policy Fellow, 2009-2010
  • AVP Consulting, Inc., Owner & President, 2004-2009
    Civil engineering consulting firm focused on providing flood control, traffic impact and air quality analyses and design services for civil and architectural design firms.
  • Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc., 2000-2004
    • Land Development Department, Manager
    • Flood Control Department, Manager
  • CRS Consulting Engineers, Operations Manager, 1998-2000
    Responsible for managing the local office operations, including oversight of staff and their production, business development, and office administrative functions.
  • Hunsaker and Associates, Land Development Manager, 1996-1998
    Led a team of engineers responsible for preparing improvement plans along with flood control and traffic impact studies for private land development projects.
  • Engineers and Surveyors Inc., Engineering Intern, 1994-1996
    Completed hydrologic and hydraulic analyses to identify flood control measures needed to support and protect private land development projects.

ASCE Involvement

  • Governor - Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute,  2015-Present
  • Director - Region 8, 2012-2015
    • Board Strategic Advisory Council, 2015
    • Board of Direction Executive Committee, 2014-2015
  • ASCE Congressional Fellow, 2009-2010
  • Governor - Region 8, 2005-2008
    • Finance Committee Chairman, 2007-2008
    • Board of Governors Vice-Chairman, 2007-2008 
    • Secretary, 2005-2006
  • President - Nevada Section, 2005-2006
    • State Infrastructure Report Card Committee, 2014 
    • State Infrastructure Report Card Committee Chairman, 2006-2007
  • President - Southern Nevada Branch, 2001-2002
    • Boy and Girl Scout Merit Badge Committee Member, 2001-2003
    • Future Cities Judge, 2002, 2006
    • Future Cities Mentor, 2001-2002
  • President - Southern Nevada Younger Member Forum, 1996-1997
    • Bridges to Humanity Committee
  • Transportation Policy Committee, 2015-Present
  • Program and Finance Committee, 2014-Present
  • Blue Sky Task Committee on Continuing Education, 2014-2015
  • Congressional Fly-In, 2013-2015
  • Committee on Education, 2012-2015
  • Educational Activities Committee, 2008-2009 and 2011-2012
    • Chairman, 2011-2012
    • Liaison to Committee on Faculty Development, 2008-2009
  • Transportation and Development Institute, 2002-Present
  • Committee on Diversity, 2002-2008
    • Chairman, 2007-2008
  • 150th Anniversary Steering Committee, 1999-2002
  • Western Regional Younger Member Council
    • Chairman, 1999 
    • Host Committee Chairman, 1998 
  • Committee on Younger Members, Corresponding Member, 1998-2001
  • Presentations
    • Co-presenter on Legislative Advocacy for our Nation's Infrastructure and the Construction Industry at 2015 Construction Institute Annual Summit
    • Co-presenter on How to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers at 2013 ASCE Annual Conference
  • Awards
    • ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement, 2008
    • ASCE Young Engineer of the Year, Western Region, 2000 
    • ASCE Young Engineer of the Year, Southern Nevada, 1998

Other Volunteer Activities

  • Advisory Board to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction, 2014-Present
  • Junior League of Las Vegas, 1995-Present
    Service organization focused on the development of the community and of women as leaders through volunteerism.
    • President, 2003-2004
    • Engineering assistance for relocation of historic building for headquarters
    • League of American Bicyclists
      • League Certified Instructor
    • Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition, 2013-Present
      • Vice President, 2016
      • Founding Member
    • Engineers Without Borders, 2007-Present
      • Implementation team to Ghana, 2010
      • Las Vegas Professional Chapter Founding Treasurer, 2008-2009
    • Wilderness First Aid Certified
    • Community Emergency Response Team, trained volunteer
    • National Academy of Engineering 2009 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
      • Publication and presentation on America's Infrastructure Report Card: Causes, Costs and Solutions
    • Southern Nevada E-Week Committee, Chairman, 2001-2002
    • Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1994-Present
    • Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2003
      Executive development program for a select group of community leaders that highlights the region's strengths and opportunities, and creates a network for addressing the challenges.
    • Nevada Community Foundation, Community Conference, 2005-2007
    • AFS High School Foreign Exchange Program
      • Local Coordinator, 2005-2009
      • Host Family, 2003-2004
      • Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Student to Germany, 1989-1990
    • Assistance League, 2004-2006
    • DJ's for PJ's (volunteer 2003-2009)
      Assist in planning annual charity event to collect pajamas for children in the Clark County Youth Services system.  Over 15,000 pajamas collected.
    • Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, 2000-2004
      • Chairman, 2002
      • Opened first drop-in shelter for homeless youth in the metropolitan area. 
    • Awards
      • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Alumna of the Year, 2013
      • University of Arizona Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Outstanding Young Alumni Award - 2005


    • Married 17 years to David Swallow, P.E., M.ASCE
    • Love to read, learn, travel, explore, volunteer, eat, and be with friends & family
    • Runner, cyclist, soccer player, theatergoer, aerial acrobat

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    Endorsements From Organizational Entities

    1. Regions and Institutes

    • Region 8 Board of Governors
    • Transportation & Development Institute
    • Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute

    2. USA Sections and Branches

    • Arizona Section
    • Hawaii Section
    • Inland Empire Section
    • Montana Section
    • Nevada Section
    • New Mexico Section
    • Oregon Section
    • Seattle Section
    • Southern Idaho Section
    • Tacoma-Olympia Section
    • Utah Section
    • Dallas Branch
    • Phoenix Branch
    • Southern Nevada Branch
    • Truckee Meadows Branch
    • Seattle Section Younger Member Forum
    • Southern Arizona Branch Younger Member Forum
    • Southern Nevada Branch Younger Member Forum
    • Truckee Meadows Branch Younger Member Forum
    • Utah Section Younger Member Forum

    3. Councils

    • Western Regional Younger Member Council

    Endorsements From Individuals

    1. Past ASCE Presidents

    • Daniel S. Turner, Ph.D., P.E., Pres.99.ASCE; AL

    2. Current Governors and Institute Leaders

    • Kwame Agyare, P.E., M.ASCE; Region 9 Governor; CA
    • Darren A. Hippenstiel, P.E., M.ASCE; Region 8 Governor; Associate Project Manager, CH2M Transportation; OR
    • Donald Gregory Kinney, P.E., M.ASCE; Region 8 Governor; AK
    • Robert L. Lamoreaux, P.E., M.ASCE; Region 8 Governor; Senior Project Manager, Stanley Consultants; UT
    • Sean P. Merrell, P.E., PTOE, M.ASCE; Region 6 Governor; TX
    • Peter M. Moore, P.E., F.ASCE; Region 5 Governor; President, Chen Moore and Associates; FL
    • Stuart A. Moring, P.E., M.ASCE; Region 5 Governor; Director of Public Works/Environmental - Roswell (Retired); GA
    • Seth Olsen, P.E., M.ASCE; Region 8 Governor; Director, Cartwright Engineers; ID
    • Jerry B. Paz, P.E., M.ASCE; Region 6 Governor; Vice President, Molzen Corbin; NM
    • Christopher "Shoots" Veis, P.E., M.ASCE; Region 8 Governor; Senior Project Engineer, Interstate Engineering; MT

    3. Past Board of Direction Members

    • Billy L. Edge, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, Dist.M.ASCE; NC
    • Jennifer Epp, P.E., M.ASCE; Past Region 9 Director; CA
    • Robert A. Victor, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE; Past Region 2 Director; NOVA/DC/MD Transportation Business Group Manager, HDR, Inc.; VA

    4. Section and Branch Board Members

    • Alisha Auch, P.E., M.ASCE; Treasurer, Southern Nevada Branch; Project Engineer, City of Las Vegas; NV
    • Thera A. Baldauf, P.E., M.ASCE; President, Illinois Section; Senior Project Manager, MWH Americas, Inc.; IL
    • Daniel J. De Battista, P.E., M.ASCE; President, Southern Nevada Branch; NV
    • Brayden P. DuRee, P.E., M.ASCE; President-Elect, Southern Idaho Section; Senior Geotechnical Engineer, GeoEngineers, Inc.; ID
    • Mark A. Fountain, P.E., M.ASCE; President, Arizona Section; AZ
    • Jennifer K. Gora, P.E., M.ASCE; President-Elect, Illinois Section; Senior Technical Advisor, HNTB; IL
    • R. Michael Hale, P.E., M.ASCE; President, Tacoma-Olympia Section; WA
    • Sam S. Kito, P.E., M.ASCE; President, Juneau Branch; President, KCS, LLC Engineering Consultants; AK
    • Frank J. Marescalco III, P.E., M.ASCE; President-Elect, Tacoma-Olympia Section; WA
    • Louis A. Romero, P.E., M.ASCE; President-Elect, Southern Arizona Branch; AZ

    5. ASCE Members

    • David S. Alexander, P.E., M.ASCE; Principal Owner, Poggemeyer Design Group/CMWorks; NV
    • Jaffer Almosawy, EI, A.M.ASCE; Treasurer, Southern Nevada Branch Younger Member Forum; Engineering Intern I, GCW, Inc.; NV
    • Chad D. Anson, P.E., M.ASCE; Vice President, CA Group, Inc.; NV
    • John W. Bettencourt, A.M.ASCE; NV
    • Shane Binder, P.E., PTOE, STP, M.ASCE; Member, Committee on Student Members; Senior Transportation Engineer, Transpo Group; WA
    • Loreen Choate Bobo, P.E., M.ASCE; Past President, Florida Section; FL
    • Dante Bongolan, P.E.,C.Eng, M.ASCE; NV
    • Horst G. Brandes, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE; Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa; HI
    • Matthew D. Burge, E.I., A.M.ASCE; Mentorship Program Chair, Southern Nevada Branch Younger Member Forum; Engineering Intern I, GCW Inc.; NV
    • Bryan J. Byrne, A.M.ASCE; President, Truckee Meadows Branch Younger Member Forum; Transportation Engineer 2, CH2M; NV
    • William M. Camp III, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE; Past President, Geo-Institute; Vice President, S&ME, Inc.; SC
    • Mary A. Carr, A.M.ASCE; Project Engineer, Atkins North America; NV
    • James A. Cathcart, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE; CA
    • James J. Caviola, P.E, M.ASCE; President, CA Group, Inc.; NV
    • Joseph Cetrulo, P.E., M.ASCE; Project Engineer, GCW, Inc.; NV
    • Edward J. Demars, EI, A.M.ASCE; NV
    • Norman D. Dennis, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE; Chair, ASCE Committee on Education; Senior Associate Dean, College of Engineering University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; AR
    • Heidi A. Dexheimer, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Kelly A. Doyle, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Julian A. Dresang, M.ASCE; Arizona Section, Scholarship Chair; City Traffic Engineer, Tempe; AZ
    • Allen C. Estes, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE; Department Head Architectural Engineer California Polytechnic State University; CA
    • Alexis Grainger, EIT, A.M.ASCE; Conference Coordinator, Southern Nevada Branch Younger Member Forum; Analyst, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.; NV
    • Brij M. Gulati, P.E., M.ASCE; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada; NV
    • Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., M.ASCE; Presidential Appointee to EWRI Governing Board; Interim Deputy Director, City of Houston Public Works & Engineering; TX
    • Paul M. Hand, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Theresa E. Harrison, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE; MI
    • Diana Hasegan, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE; Member, Committee on Sustainability; Project Engineer, GHD; WA
    • Thomas E. Hayes, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Anabel Hernandez, A.M.ASCE; Analyst, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.; NV
    • Ahmad M. Itani, F.ASCE; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,  University of Nevada-Reno; NV
    • Mae Javier, M.ASCE; Community Outreach Co-chair, Southern Nevada Branch Younger Member Forum; Staff Professional, GES, Inc.; NV
    • Charles E. Joseph, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Ganesh Kadam, A.M.ASCE; NV
    • Elias S. Karam, P.E., M.ASCE; 2013 WRYMC Chair; Jacobs; CA
    • Lara K. Karamatsu, P.E., M.ASCE; HI
    • Joseph W. Kidd, P.E., M.ASCE; CT
    • Douglas D. Knapp, P.E., M.ASCE; Past Region 8 Governor; OR
    • Patrick M. Lach, P.E., M.ASCE; IL
    • Jonathon Lau, A.M.ASCE; Webmaster, Truckee Meadows Branch; Civil Designer, CFA, Inc.; NV
    • Kathryn J. Leonardo, EI, M.ASCE; NV
    • Eugene A. Lupia, P.E., F.ASCE; VA
    • Greg A. McDermott, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Edward D. McGuire, P.E., F.ASCE; NV
    • Jason Mikkelsen, P.E., M.ASCE; Past President, Phoenix Branch; Managing Principal, HDR Engineering Inc.; AZ
    • Roger M. Millar, Jr., P.E., F.ASCE; Member, ASCE Public Policy Committee; WA
    • Dennis B. Moyer, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Frederick A. Ohene, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Tarelle J. Osborn, P.E., M.ASCE; President/Principal, Osborn Consulting, Inc.; WA
    • Samuel D. Palmer, P.E., P.Eng, F.ASCE; NV
    • Craig Quadrato, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE; Chair, Member Communities Committee; Associate Professor, United States Military Academy; NY
    • Stephen J. Ressler, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE; Chair, ASCE Committee on Accreditation; Professor Emeritus, US Military Academy at West Point; PA
    • Dennis Lynn Richards, P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE; AZ
    • Maylinn Rosales, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Noe Santos, EIT, A.M.ASCE; Student Chapter Liaison, Southern Nevada Branch Younger Member Forum; Civil Engineer Hydrologist, US Bureau of Reclamation; NV
    • Camilla M. Saviz, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, University of the Pacific; CA
    • Renee M. Schwecke, P.E., M.ASCE; Past Chair, ASCE Committee on Advancing the Profession; HDR Engineering, Inc.; AZ
    • Christopher F. Siavrakas, P.E., M.ASCE; Technical Committee Member, ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division; ITS Project Manager, Utah Department of Transportation; UT
    • Brett C. Siemer, P.E., F.ASCE; Past Region 9 Director; Deputy Director/Development Services, City of Simi Valley Public Works; CA
    • Michael R. Simac, P.E., M.ASCE; Member, Geo-Institute Embankment Dams Committee; President, Earth Improvement Technologies; SC
    • R. Anne Smith, P.E., M.ASCE; Owner, Smith Culp Consulting; NV
    • David C. Swallow, P.E., M.ASCE; NV
    • Inna Tasmaly, P.E., M.ASCE; Secretary, Seattle Younger Member Forum; Senior Engineer, BergerABAM; CA
    • Andres Torres, P.E., M.ASCE; Past President, Nebraska Section; Business Director/Latin America & The Caribbean, Valmont Industries; NE
    • Forrest Allen Tryon, P.E., M.ASCE; Past President, Truckee Meadows Branch; Associate Civil Engineer, City of Reno; NV
    • Gene M. Tupper, P.E., M.ASCE; Past President, Oregon Section; OR
    • Gina M. Venglass, P.E., M.ASCE; Project Manager, City of Las Vegas; NV
    • Michael J. Wilhelm, P.E., M.ASCE; Past President, Truckee Meadows Branch; Project Manager, Farr West Engineering; NV
    • Jean-Paul Woyton, P.E., M.ASCE; Nevada Area Manager, Parsons; NV
    • Melissa Wu, P.E., M.ASCE; Past President, Seattle Section; WA