Anne Smith, P.E., F.ASCE, principal of Smith Culp Consulting, in Las Vegas, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Smith’s most notable and contributive achievement to the engineering profession in her 40+ year career has been to increase the regard and respect for the profession by the public at large. She has done this by blending applied psychology and project management principles in an innovative way to bridge the communication divide between the inherent technical aspects and stakeholders’ quality-of-life interests that often coexist on projects.
She has implemented the above principles in three ways: 1) by authoring leadership and project management books, including The Lead Dog Has the Best View: Leading Your Project Team to Success, published by ASCE Press; 2) by training engineers to be effective project managers; and 3) through her direct application to public infrastructure projects as an independent consultant and facilitator working with project teams and stakeholders. The successful purposing of these principles on major infrastructure projects throughout the United States, such that the finished project will best meet the needs of the ultimate users, has benefited society directly.
Smith is a Life Member of ASCE and an active participant in the Southern Nevada Branch as Chair of the Training Committee. She has trained and mentored students, younger members, and members for over 20 years, and coached the UNLV DOE Solar Decathlon International Competition Project Team through the design and construction of their house, which won awards for Innovation, Engineering, and Architecture.
She received her BSc in civil engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, and her M.A. in applied psychology from the University of Santa Monica, in California. She is a registered professional engineer in Nevada, Washington, and Texas and a Certified Myers-Briggs (MBTI) Master Practitioner.