Carnegie Mellon University

Rory Oden

July 11, 2023

Oden Awarded Crew NAC Scholarship

Rory Oden, a rising junior studying Civil Engineering (Civ-E) and Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Wayne A. Crew NAC Scholarship by the National Academy of Construction (NAC). 

Hailing from central Pennsylvania, Oden’s interest in engineering was ignited by witnessing the impacts of climate change and the state of our nation's infrastructure. Following graduation, she intends to pursue her PE license and remain in the Pittsburgh area, where she plans to contribute to community-oriented projects, a value instilled in her by her family's support in exploring diverse experiences and positively impacting those around her.

Oden is an active member of esteemed organizations such as the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, she is a member of the CMU Women's Water Polo Team. 

Oden had the valuable opportunity to serve as a summer intern at both PennDOT and the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC). RIDC, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization, takes a regional approach to economic development by effectively managing and revitalizing research and business parks to attract modern tenants. 

She dedicates her time to mentoring students in grades K-12. Her commitment to service and leadership extends beyond her local community as she volunteered during her spring break in Thibodaux, LA, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

“I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this award,” Oden says. “This scholarship helps me continue my education and supports my future endeavors.”

The Wayne A. Crew NAC Scholarship is named in recognition of Wayne A. Crew, who served as President/CEO of NAC from 2015 to 2022, honoring his remarkable contributions to the field. This highly competitive scholarship is awarded to exceptional students with outstanding qualifications and strong leadership qualities. Crew emphasized the importance of investing in academic scholarships, stating that it is one of the most crucial investments we can make, as it cultivates well-prepared engineers for the future.