Heather Wishart-Smith, P.E., F.ASCE, the vice president leading the strategy and growth of Jacobs Connected Enterprise (JCE) for Jacobs’ global Buildings & Infrastructure line, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
JCE is Jacobs’ strategy to harness technology to solve problems and deliver digital solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. Prior to her current role, Wishart-Smith led the B&I Mid-Atlantic region, a $150 million business encompassing design, consulting, and program management / construction management projects in the rail, highway, transit, federal, corporate/commercial, science & technology, and related markets. Other notable roles include Department of Defense market sector leader, sales executive, and principal of multiple large, full-service programs for the Army, Navy, and Air Force worldwide.
She joined Jacobs through the acquisition of Carter & Burgess, where she was area manager of the 70-person Washington, DC, office. She began her civilian career as a project manager, then deputy managing director with Kellogg Brown & Root. A former Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer, she served at the Presidential Retreat, Camp David, among other duty stations. She has published and presented articles on several leadership, architectural, engineering, and construction topics in the military and transportation sectors.
Along with ASCE, she is a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers, for whom she has held numerous leadership positions, including membership on the National Board of Direction and, for over 10 years, on the board of the Northern Virginia Post. She was also vice chair for mentoring of the Academy of Fellows. Her awards include the SAME Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award (to be presented March 2018); Eno Center for Transportation’s Top 10 Women to Watch in Transportation (2016); University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate; and the ENR “Top 20 Under 40” Mid-Atlantic.
She holds bachelor and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Virginia.