Mary Kay Knight, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, a principal of Uzun+Case LLC, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Knight’s career focus is on an effective integration of structure and architecture. She believes that the most effective designs are those that solve multiple demands simultaneously and efficiently. Her appreciation of clients’ creative vision drives her to find structural solutions that complement and enhance the design intent.
She is an award-winning expert in the design and construction of commercial structures, ranging from cultural projects to large-scale hospitality/entertainment developments. She was the co–project manager in charge of the design and building of the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest indoor aquarium, and she has been the engineer-of-record for every addition or modification made to that facility since it opened, including the most recent addition, a Sea Lion exhibit. Knight pioneered an early precursor of the integrated project delivery approach to construct this visionary facility.
A member of ASCE since 1986, Knight serves on the ASCE SEI Business Practices Committee, a division of the Business and Professional Activities Division, and served the ASCE Georgia Section as treasurer and vice chairman of the Georgia SEI Chapter. She excelled at planning for and inviting outstanding monthly speakers, and developed a now-traditional special December meeting, which includes an ASCE webinar to fulfill continuing education requirements just prior to license renewal for P.E.s in Georgia.
In February 2018, Engineering Georgia magazine named Knight to the inaugural list of the 100 Influential Women to Know.
She received her bachelor of science and master of civil engineering degrees from Rice University and began practicing structural engineering in 1983. She joined Uzun+Case in 1999, becoming a principal in 2014.