Penny L. Evans, P.E., F.ASCE, a bridge engineer respected for both her expertise in bridge issues and her ability to apply reasonable solutions to local issues, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Evans, who is responsible for the design, construction, and inspection of 600 bridges for Sedgwick County, KS (Wichita), was brought in by the county to “fix” its bridge inspection program. To this end she provided thorough inspections and proper documentation, then created a bridge management system to identify and program bridge maintenance and CIP projects.
She began her career as a design engineer at Kansas DOT, where in 1989 she was a diver/engineer on their first underwater bridge inspection team. She also served as local bridge inspection engineer for Kansas DOT, managing the statewide bridge inspection program for local governments.
Evans was appointed Miami County (Kansas) Engineer in 1996, serving in that position until 2011. She became the first female County Engineer in the state of Kansas. In this position she held offices with the Kansas County Highway Association (state branch of the National Association of County Engineers). There, she gained the respect and support of her fellow County Engineers and was elected president of KCHA in 2012 (the first female president of this organization). She is also a member of the national Structures Committee for NACE.
Her advocacy on behalf of local government engineering is well known. She serves on two Kansas DOT committees, championing local issues to the State Department of Transportation to ensure that new requirements are in the best interest of local governments. As well, she has mentored several young engineers and engineering technicians – one of whom, Evans notes with some pride, actually offered to take a week’s vacation so that he could train with her.
She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with bachelor and master’s degrees in civil engineering, and has an MBA from Washburn University.