Alumna Bang Named to ASCE's 2011 New Faces of Civil Engineering

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Avery Louise Bang (BSE 2007 civil engineering and BA 2007 Art) of Broomfield, Colo. has been named a 2011 New Face of Civil Engineering. Bang is the executive director of Bridges to Prosperity.

Avery trained as a geo-technical engineer and she joined Bridges to Prosperity shortly after completing her undergraduate education. Bridges to Prosperity is a non-profit organization that builds cable-stayed pedestrian bridges throughout the developing world. With design, program development and construction experience in nearly a dozen countries she has more than doubled the size of the operation. When describing what she does, Avery asks people to imagine what it would have been like for them to get to their elementary school if the infrastructure they had – bridges, roads, etc – didn’t exist. She explains that she helps people in the developing world build projects that many people oftentimes take for granted.

Seeing her field as way to help people on a large scale, Avery is excited at the prospect of bringing more people, particularly women, into engineering fields—particularly civil engineering. She cites as valuable learning experiences being able to do practical work with organizations such as Engineers Without Borders while still in school. Avery also is inspired by contemporary projects, such as the new bypass bridge built over Hoover Dam.

Avery has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and studio art from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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