The votes are in! Congratulations to Danielle Antonellis, a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. Danielle was chosen by the National Engineers Week Foundation as civil engineering’s representative among the 2012 New Faces of Engineering – College Edition. Among her achievements, Antonellis helped raise $11,000 to benefit the Katrina-stricken Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, while president of her university’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. As part of her recognition, Antonellis will receive a $500 ASCE scholarship.
Antonellis was one of ASCE’s first 10 collegiate New Faces of Civil Engineering, and among three finalists for the EWeek honor, joined by Gretchen Heberling of the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo., and Steven Wong of Columbia University, New York. Gretchen focused on small business development, and green building design and sustainability. Alongside civil engineering, Gretchen developed quite a following playing her violin for tips in Washington, D.C., subway stations, eventually forming her own violin business. She plans to one day create beautiful buildings that make the most of our scarce natural resources. Steven is studying to be a structural engineer. Last summer he worked on a hotel development in Bahrain, analyzing its structural components, and even helped to design glass panels in several countries. Steven also teaches the civil engineering portion for an introductory course to engineering, which introduces students to a wide range of basic engineering concepts at Columbia University.
See photos of and read more about all of ASCE’s 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering – College Edition, and see the winner chosen from each of the 15 engineering societies for this first annual honor. As ASCE President Andrew Herrmann said, ” these students are an inspiration to future generations of students seeking a career in which they can make a difference.”
How can we help young engineers become leaders in society? Have you reached out to any schools in your area to find out who are the rising stars? What do you think it will take to be a successful engineer in the future?