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      ASCE Recognizes 2020 New Faces of Civil Engineering

      February 13, 2020

      RESTON, Va. - Today, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is pleased to announce the 10 2020 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the Professional category. ASCE's New Faces of Civil Engineering program highlights civil engineering leaders under the age of 30 and celebrates their achievements, as well as their contributions to and impact on society. 

      "ASCE is proud to recognize the future leaders of the civil engineering profession through our 2020 Professional New Faces program," said Kancheepuram N. Gunalan "Guna", Ph.D., PE, D.GE, F.ASCE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers. "These engineers have already made a positive influence on the industry, but their contributions are only just beginning." 

      The 2020 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the Professional category are: 

      • Dana Al-Qadi, D.Eng., developed a "smart city toolkit" that integrates green infrastructure into other infrastructure investments in vulnerable communities as part of her dissertation for a doctoral degree in engineering management from George Washington University. She completed her degree while working full-time at AECOM, where she has contributed to projects that include Chicago's Resilience Strategy, the Boston Smart Utilities Vision and a smart green infrastructure monitoring pilot with CityTech Collaborative and Microsoft. Al-Qadi serves a lead mentor/Associate Board member for the ACE program, empowering inner-city youths through STEM internships. Al-Qadi is a senior engineering consultant for AECOM and is a member of the ASCE-Illinois Section.
      • Daniel Campbell, ENV. S.P., is a Site Assessment Coordinator for World Bank and is focused on work involving sustainable development with an eye towards increasing climate resilience, disaster risk and productivity of the construction sector.  Currently, Campbell leads a site assessment team for World Bank that plans to reconstruct 1700 houses in Dominica that were destroyed by hurricanes. In 2015, Campbell led a volunteer team assessing St. Vincent and the Grenadines' health care centers, which led to being contacted by the Pan American Health Organization to design four SMART hospitals. Campbell is a member of ASCE's Region 10 - International & New Zealand International Branch.
      • Luis Duque, E.I.T., a Colombia native was eager to become a structural engineer at a young age so he could assist local communities. Duque guided a group of Colorado, Boulder students on a trip to Puerto Rico to provide an assessment of the area following Hurricane Maria. He is very involved in multiple committees within the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute and as a member of Engineers Without Borders- volunteering on projects in Bolivia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Colorado. Duque currently works as a design engineer for DLK Engineering in Colorado and is a member of the ASCE Colorado Section/Denver Branch.
      • Tony Kulesa, P.E., ENV. S.P., has recently worked on two new crude oil refining units and revamped a heavy crude oil refining unit in recent months with Burns & McDonnell as a structural engineer. He is currently leading a project that spans three offices within the company  and is meant to prepare a site for $2B of new infrastructure. Kulesa is an active ASCE participant, publishing opinion editorials on state infrastructure issues, serving 13 roles within the national and Kansas City Sections of the organization-including ASCE Committee on Preparing the Future Civil Engineer, Younger Member Committee and serves as ASCE Kansas City Section Director.
      • Alexandre Martinez, PhD., was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Geophysical Union for a project on coastal flooding preparedness under climate change using virtual reality (VR). The VR presentation would demonstrate the effects of climate change and extreme weather impacts on society. He is currently a research assistant for the University of California Irvine and is a member of the ASCE Orange County Section.
      • Anali Martinez Gonzalez, E.I.T., designs water, wastewater and storm infrastructure for municipal and private projects with MWM DesignGroup. She is currently managing two water design projects for the City of Austin, Texas. She also has experience in roadway and traffic design, field engineering, water/wastewater, utilities and construction inspection. Gonzalez serves as the Visibility Chair for ASCE's Committee on Younger Members and is a member of the ASCE Texas Section/Austin Branch.
      • Brian Phan, P.E., is working on a $2 billion, eight-mile light rail in Los Angeles as an engineer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). He is also the project manager for a five-mile extension of a San Fernando bike path and L.A. River bike path extension. He currently serves as the president and K-12 outreach chair of ASCE LA's Younger Member Forum, which was recently awarded the Outstanding Chapter in the Nation.
      • Jazzy Quinabo, E.I.T., is a project engineer at Jacobs, where she has worked on the design team on the California High Speed Rail project and is currently the executive advisor for the Buildings & Infrastructure West US Leadership Team. In this role, she also returned back to her home state of Hawaii for a one-year assignment as the sole civil engineer on the Hawaii Department of Education's first Statewide Facilities Master Plan for all 260 K-12 public schools, where she traveled across the islands to speak with stakeholders and policymakers to advocate for infrastructure funding.  She is currently the president of ASCE Orange County's Younger Member Forum.
      • Joanna Smith, M.Eng., has rehabilitated military structures in Germany with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and has designed foundations for water tanks in Kenya with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). A geotechnical engineer for AECOM, Smith has used her experiences to mentor students ranging from elementary school to Pre-College programs. She also serves on ASCE's Technical Program Subcommittee and as the vice chair of the ASCE Metropolitan Section Diversity and Inclusion.
      • Thalia Valkanos, E.I.T., spent four years as an environmental regulatory compliance consultant, assisting clients with regulatory challenges posed by legislators; this work spurred a move to work for U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan's (D-NH) legislative team to learn policy procedures. She would later return to the civil engineering field, working as a project engineer for CMA Engineers, Inc. Valkanos mentors budding engineering students on ASCE's National Committee on Younger Members and served as the ASCE New Hampshire President from 2016-2017.

      For media availability and interviews with the 2020 New Faces, please contact Kevin Longley by email or phone, at: (202) 701-8768.

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