Designers, Builders, Managers and Executives
Water for the World
Marla Smith-Nilson, BS 1991, founded Water1st International, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides clean water access to hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia and Honduras.By supporting local, on-the-ground organizations with a proven track record of implementing water and sanitation projects, and working with them consistently, we can provide water projects that last.
Earthquakes and Amphitheaters
Joel T. Pace, BS 2008, volunteers to help the Existing Building Committee for the Structural Engineers Association of Utah anticipate and prepare for earthquakes. He has also served as a project manager in the design and construction of the million-dollar Draper Amphitheater in Utah.I originally designed a plate girder to support the roof over the stage opening. I used my notes from Dr. Haldar’s Steel II class to design it.
Paying Education Forward
Iftekhar Ahmed, PhD 2001, associate professor of hydrology and hydraulics and engineering mechanics at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, makes regular contributions to the College of Engineering.As a UA graduate, I was ready for the challenges of any job. I’ve accomplished much in industry and academic experiences in the last 10 years.
From Laborer to CEO
Dave Crawford, BS 1972, and the College of Engineering’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year as well as a speaker for its 2018 Lessons in Engineering Leadership series, got a job as a laborer at Sundt Construction during his freshman year at the UA. He retired from Sundt 48 years later, having served as CEO for six years and been instrumental in the passage of state laws favoring alternative project delivery.I thought working in the field for four years was as valuable, if not more valuable, than working in the office all that time. I got the chance to pour a lot of concrete and work with some really good people.
Young Engineer of the Year
The Southern Arizona Branch of The American Society of Civil Engineers named Austin Urton, BS 2011 and MS 2013, the 2018 Young Engineer of the Year. Urton is the lead structural engineer at QuakeWrap Inc., a company founded by UA professor emeritus Mo Ehsani.It’s very exciting. I didn’t expect to be nominated, so when I found out, it made the whole thing a little more special.