Article by ASCE Awards Committee and ASCE-PGH Blog Editor
Angela Mayer, E.I.T. is the 2014 recipient of the ASCE-Pittsburgh Young Civil Engineer of the Year. Ms. Mayer recently joined Williams Companies, Inc. as an Integrity Engineer II working in the Pittsburgh Office. When asked how it feels to be the Young Civil Engineer of the Year, “I feel an immense sense of pride,” Ms. Mayer says. “I have dedicated a large amount of time to ACSE, especially the Younger Members Forum; it is a wonderful feeling to be recognized by your peers for your accomplishments.”
Prior to joining Williams, Ms. Mayer worked in consulting for eight years as a Project Engineer. Her experience includes erosion and sedimentation control, land development, water resource and design engineering. She has experience in planning, design and bid document development, geotechnical, and value engineering, construction management, as well as assistance in forensic investigations.
Ms. Mayer worked as a Project Manager on the Monongahela Aquatorium Redevelopment project where she led internal co-workers in the planning, design, demolition, bid process, and construction of the Aquatorium. “There was a considerable amount of coordination with the Monongahela community,” says Ms. Mayer. “The redevelopment is located near the city’s downtown district and is utilized for many community gatherings. I was really pleased with how the project was completed per the communities’ requests.” She coordinated between the City of Monongahela and their funding providers, RACW, to ensure the project outcome suited the needs of the community. “The Aquatorium is such a unique project, not many communities have an amphitheater on the river!”
Ms. Mayer also was a Project Manager for the Dark Hollow Recreation Facility, which was developed on a former industrial site in the community of Oakmont. The Dark Hollow Recreation Facility was the first development where I was the Project Manager,” she says. For this project, she was responsible to plan, execute, and finalize the project according to deadlines, client requirements, and budget. She facilitated communication between Edgewater Properties and the neighborhood of Oakmont to ensure the recreation facility met the needs of the Borough. “At the end of the day, when the recreation facility was complete and I could physically stand on the baseball field and touch the concession stand, I had an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.”
Others remark on Ms. Mayer’s dedication. “I am honored to have been able to watch Angela grow through her involvement with ASCE and other partner organizations,” says colleague, Lauren Terpak. “I am proud of all that she has accomplished in regards to both her dedicated participation within the ASCE organization and her ongoing career development.”
Ms. Mayer’s success can be attributed to her enjoyment of learning. “I am extremely grateful for my career in Civil Engineering, it is such a fantasizing occupation,” she says. “Being an engineer one cannot be complacent; I love that I am constantly being challenged and applying my knowledge to my work.”
Ms. Mayer has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the West Virginia University. She is a past ASCE Pittsburgh YMF President, and has been an active ASCE member since 2009.