Young Engineering Leaders Honored with Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award

July 7, 2016

ASCE has honored Eric Daniel GaiSung Arakawa, P.E., LEED AP, M.ASCE, Emily Guglielmo, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE, Angela M. Mayer, EIT, A.M.ASCE, Kenneth R. Mika, P.E., M.ASCE, and Ravi Shah, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2016 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement. Each is recognized for professional achievement in service to the advancement of the profession, evidence of technical competence, high character and integrity, and contributions to public service outside their careers.



Eric Arakawa

As part of the Hawaii Younger Member Forum Student Engineering Night, Arakawa developed a construction engineering activity that incorporated different aspects of the construction industry – time, cost, and quality. The activity was restructured for fifth-grade students and incorporated points based on the speed with which they worked, the height of their tower, and the amount of Lego pieces used. Arakawa and other YMF members also have assisted with recent Special Olympics soccer and bocce tournaments.

He has received the City of Honolulu Good Neighbor Award for three years in a row, and in 2012, he received the ASCE Public Service Award.



Emily Guglielmo

A member of the Structural Engineering Institute, Guglielmo has coauthored a number of papers, including “Gender and Racial Diversity in the Structural Engineering Profession” and “Three Perspectives on Encouraging Younger Engineers.”

She has participated in the past five SEI Structures Congress events, including sitting on a panel for the 2015 session “How the Future of Structural Engineering Sees the Future of Structural Engineering.” An avid lecturer, in 2015 Guglielmo was honored by the National Council of Structural Engineering Associations with the Susan M. Frey Educator Award, presented annually to an individual who has genuine interest in effective instruction for practicing structural engineers.

Guglielmo also contributes to her local community by coaching youth soccer, participating in Habitat for Humanity, and serving as a docent at the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Celebration.



Angela Mayer

Mayer was the 2015 Pittsburgh Section Young Engineer of the Year and was nominated for the 2016 ASCE Eastern Regional YMC Outstanding Young Engineer in the Private Sector Award.

She serves as the director of the Pittsburgh Section, supporting numerous committees including the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Survey Committee. Furthermore, Mayer served as the point of contact and national judge for the National Concrete Canoe Contest at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown in 2014.

Mayer is a graduate of the Leadership Development Initiative, a leadership training program, and an active member of Toastmasters International. As part of the Society of Women Engineers, she volunteered to be a civil engineer role model as part of the Wow! That’s Engineering! For Girls and Parents event for middle school girls.



Kenneth Mika

As a member of the East Central Florida Younger Members Forum, Mika helped with outreach activities at the local Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots drives, and was on the planning committee for the forum’s field trip for local college students. He offered his construction site as one of the stops for the field trip to give the students an insight into environmental remediation.

As a member of the Wisconsin Section Southeast Branch Younger Members Group, he served on the Spring Technical Conference Planning Committee and was recognized as the Wisconsin Section Young Civil Engineer of the Year. In 2015 Mika was selected as one of the ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering.

Mika assisted with a local high school program, Project Lead The Way, grading the PLTW designs, teaching classes on soil classification, and offering real-world career perspectives to students.

Ravi Shah

As president of his Younger Member Group, Shah nearly tripled the group’s number of events throughout the year, particularly focusing on outreach-related (university, K-12, or community service) events, and boosted membership and participation.

Shah initiated the first pilot mentorship program for ASCE within the Los Angeles Section. In 2014, Shah received the Young Engineer of the Year Award and was recognized as one of the New Faces of Civil Engineering.

Shah led the development of the $30 million I-110/C street interchange improvements project for the port of Los Angeles from preliminary engineering through final engineering phases.

The Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement is made to younger members of ASCE (35 or younger) who are judged to have attained significant professional achievements by the degree to which they have served to advance the profession; exhibited technical competence, high character, and integrity; developed improved member attitudes toward the profession; and contributed to public service outside their professional careers.

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