The White House, July 30, 2012

Excerpt: Being selected as a White House Champion of Change is an incredible honor. From the time I was a little girl, my dad encouraged me to consider civil engineering as a profession. At the time, I did not know what it meant to be a civil engineer; I simply knew was I wanted to improve people’s quality of life and make a difference in the world.  During my junior year at the University of Maryland, College Park, I took a class that taught me being a good civil engineer is more than designing civil infrastructure; it is also about considering the concerns of the people. That same lesson was reinforced in my involvement with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). That class and NSBE helped me find my passion in using transportation as a tool to positively affect people’s lives.

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