Rising Stars

The annual Rising Stars in Civil and Structural Engineering Awards

Congratulations, 2019 Rising Stars!

2019 Rising Stars in Civil Engineering

2019 Rising Star: Sharareh Kermanshachi

Director, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environment (RISE) Lab, University of Texas at Arlington For her accomplishments, Dr. Kermanshachi has received several prestigious national and regional awards...

2019 Rising Star: Lambrina Tercala

Project Manager, Environmental & Water Resources Group, OHM Advisors Tercala, PE, ENV SP, is one of the firm’s newest shareholders, elected in November 2018 to the...

2019 Rising Star: Mark Origer

Head of Environmental Services Group, ISG A gifted civil engineer driven to improve water quality in rural Minnesota, Mark works closely with public agencies and...

2019 Rising Star: Steven Abendschein

Senior Principal, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Abendschein has always been a driven individual. It is this drive that put him on the leadership fast track...

2019 Rising Star: Todd Abrams

Principal-in-Charge, Civil Engineering, WT Group Abrams joined WT Group right out of college as a Project Designer. He rose through the ranks to Project Manager...

2019 Rising Star: Laura Casset

Associate, Floodplain Management and Project Funding Specialist, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) Casset has more than a decade of experience serving public clients in...

2019 Rising Star: Lee Daigle

Senior Project Manager, Cornerstone Environmental Group, A Tetra Tech Company Daigle is a project manager with 12 years of experience in the landfill gas industry....

2019 Rising Star: Cheryl Bornheimer-Kelley

Design Engineer, McClure In her eight-year career, Bornheimer-Kelley has been involved in many projects, large and small, demonstrating increasing project responsibility. A few highlighted projects...

2019 Rising Star: Jeff Roman

Partner, Engineering Practice Leader, Little Roman has led the Engineering Practice at Little to six years of profitable growth, quadrupling staff and revenue while expanding...

2019 Rising Star: Abelardo A. Salinas

Associate Vice President; Chief Innovation Officer, LNV, Inc. LNV’s first ever CIO. Salinas is responsible for leading and carrying out a critical component of the...

2019 Rising Stars in Structural Engineering

2019 Rising Star: Ali Ashrafi

Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti Ashrafi joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2006 and is now an associate principal with extensive experience in structural design, investigation and demolition,...

2019 Rising Star: Benny Lujan

Project Manager, CTL | Thompson Lujan joined CTL | Thompson in 2006 while still a student at the Colorado School of Mines and is now...

2019 Rising Star: Jian Li

Chair’s Council Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Li is a Chair’s Council Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) at...

2019 Rising Star: Michael Mendenhall

Structural Engineer, Hanson Professional Services Inc. During his nearly 17-year career, Mendenhall has provided engineering, planning and design services for numerous bridges, structures and retaining...

2019 Rising Star: Taylor Perkins

Senior Structural Engineer, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Perkins has developed a diverse project portfolio focused on evaluation and design of long-span and complex bridges, including...

2019 Rising Star: Ross Stuart

Structural Division Manager, Pennoni Stuart has more than twelve years of experience in the structural engineering profession. He has assisted with the design, coordination, administration...

2019 Rising Star: Lauren Wingo

Senior Structural Engineer, Arup Wingo is a licensed structural engineer in Arup’s Washington, DC office. Her experience includes both conventional and innovative structural materials, with...

2019 Rising Star: Joelle Nelson

Practice Leader, New York Downtown Construction Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti Nelson joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2004 and quickly rose to project director, taking on complicated projects...

2019 Rising Star: Vartan Chilingaryan

Associate Vice President, Director of Structural Engineering, HDR Chilingaryan has accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time. He started with HDR 15...

2019 Rising Star: Matthew Murray

Project Manager, CE Solutions, Inc. Murray brings a unique, research-based perspective to CE Solutions. His graduate research gave him hands-on experience in the design, construction,...

October 2-4, 2019

Celebrate these Rising Stars at the Elevate AEC Conference