April 04, 2014
Kaplan (BS ’07) Named ASCE Young Civil Engineer of the Year
Linda Kaplan (BS ’07) came to Carnegie Mellon University to combine her love for engineering with her passion for the arts. Seven years later, she continues to pursue those interests as a bridge engineer for Gannett Fleming in Pittsburgh.
Kaplan received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award earlier this year. The ASCE Award is given to an outstanding young engineer under age 35 who has demonstrated exceptional and innovative work in the field of engineering, is working to advance the profession, and is active in the Pittsburgh chapter of ASCE.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Kaplan says. “I really was not expecting it and it is always nice to be recognized, especially by this group.”
Kaplan has been an active member of ASCE since her sophomore year of college, serving as secretary her junior year and vice president her senior year. It was an important and active way for her to stay involved in the CEE department and a great networking opportunity.
Dave Dzombak, head of the CEE department praised Kaplan for her success in her career and for her work within the Pittsburgh community. “She has given many hours of her time to engage students and young engineers in the activities of the ASCE Pittsburgh Section,” Dzombak explains. “We are very proud of our accomplished and hard working alumna.”
Currently Kaplan is the practitioner advisor for the student chapter of ASCE, serving as a liaison and providing a familiar connection for students. She is especially active in helping students become more familiar with resources in the Pittsburgh area and helps them get to conferences and regional events.
Kaplan also received the Eastern Regional Younger Members Council (ERYMC) Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award for outstanding work with a student chapter. The award also acknowledges her overall involvement level, showcasing her dedication to CMU students. She received the award at the ERYMC leadership conference in Indianapolis.
Kaplan continues to remain involved in the Pittsburgh region as well, with her work to improve the Squirrel Hill tunnels and the Hulton Bridge in Oakmont. “Engineering is fun and I hope more people will understand and appreciate that,” Kaplan says.