Carnegie Mellon University
March 18, 2016

Blissit Named Young Professional of the Year

Blissit Named Young Professional of the Year The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has selected Annie Blissit (BS ‘12) as one of its 2016 ACEC Young Professionals of the Year. This award recognizes young engineers who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

Blissit developed a keen interest in wastewater engineering early in her undergraduate education. She currently is a water/wastewater engineer at Gresham, Smith and Partners in Atlanta, Georgia where she has worked on several projects in the USA and internationally.  

She has co-authored a chapter of a Water Environment Federation (WEF) publication and presented her work at several conferences. She serves as the ASCE Georgia Section Director of the Younger Members, GAWP, and WEF. Through these organizations, she has taken her experience into STEM programs, classrooms, and career fairs in the Atlanta area. “It has been an invaluable experience to interact with students, see how they approach engineering challenges, and discuss with them about my job and considering engineering as a future career,” explains Blissit.

Outside these activities, Blissit has also volunteered with many nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Research Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House of Atlanta. With ASCE and Rivers of the World, she organized a mission to take a team to Nicaragua to build a footbridge that connected village homes to schools, church, and other community buildings.

“I have always enjoyed giving back as I feel this is one of the most important things you can do with your life,” says Blissit.