Published: Feb. 22, 2018

Casie VenableCasie Venable, EIT, a research assistant and graduate student in civil engineering, has been named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering, Professional Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for 2018.

This program recognizes young civil engineers for their achievements and contributions to society. Venable will be officially recognized during ASCE’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders Gala on March 15 in Arlington, Va.

As a research assistant, Venable is studying the effect of natural disasters on infrastructure and resiliency. Over the past few years, she has gained hands-on experience across the globe. As a project manager for Bridges to Prosperity at Virginia Tech, she oversaw the design and construction of the Las Violetas footbridge in Nebaj, Guatemala. The bridge now provides the people of Las Violetas with access to schools, markets and the hospital in Nebaj. Following completion of this project, Venable served as chapter president and oversaw completion of a bridge in Coton, Guatemala. She has also interned with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Ecuador to examine the use of “Key Messages” after the 2016 Ecuador earthquake. Venable is currently working on a paper evaluating participation in shelter reconstruction projects in the 2018 Construction Research Congress proceedings.

Recognized for her work in civil engineering, Venable was honored as the Outstanding Senior for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. She also received a GAANN fellowship to pursue her PhD at CU Boulder and, with her advisors, received the Innovative Seed Grant to fund a research project titled “Post-Disaster Shelter: Participation, Performance, and Resilience.”

“Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity; thus, the damage experienced by communities is growing. However, I don’t believe this has to be the case,” Venable said. “My work of studying housing performance and resilience seeks to find recommendations for improving planning, design and construction practices in the post-disaster environment. The results of this work can reach beyond academia and impact the lives of people around the world. I get excited knowing that my work has the potential to be life-changing.”

Venable received her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, and construction engineering and management from Virginia Tech. She is pursuing her MS and PhD in civil engineering at CU Boulder.

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