When we think about bridges, we usually think of automobile traffic on highways. But another kind of bridge is providing isolated communities in the developing world with access to health care, education and economic opportunities.
Footbridges over impassable rivers are the specialty of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit organization headed for the last five years by CU alumna Avery Bang.
The daughter of a bridge engineer in Iowa, Bang took the lead at the nonprofit B2P after earning her master’s degree in civil engineering at CU-Boulder in 2009. She has grown the organization almost tenfold through her passion and commitment, while teaching a civil engineering course on Cable Supported Pedestrian Bridge Design.
Bang was named one of Engineering News-Record’s Top 25 Newsmakers for 2013. She is the second Engineers Without Borders-CU alum to receive the honor - Evan Thomas was selected in 2009. Both studied under CU Professor Bernard Amadei, founder of EWB-USA and winner of the 2009 ENR Award of Excellence.
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