|Three Younger Members Are New Faces of Civil Engineering|
Three young engineers from the Met Section have been selected by ASCE as part of the 2010 New Faces of Civil Engineering, a group of ten individuals whose technical prowess and spirit of volunteerism illustrate the enthusiasm and passion of the civil engineering profession.
Each year, the New Faces of Engineering program is held during National Engineers Week in February to celebrate the accomplishments of young engineers from all engineering disciplines, highlighting their careers and their contributions to their communities.
The local engineers selected include: John Barry, a 28-year-old project engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in New York City; Yaye-Mah Boye, a 30-year-old project manager with AECOM in New York City; and Alexandra Iannitelli, a 25-year-old forensic engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in New York City.
Jacob Barry earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master's degree from the University of Illinois. A licensed professional engineer in California and New York, he designed three structures for the $8.5 billion MGM City Center in Las Vegas. He has also worked on the Shanghai Tower and a tower in Shenzhen which will be recognized as the second and third tallest buildings in the world, once completed. During a six month stay in Denmark, Barry was given the opportunity to design part of Tivoli Gardens, one of the world's oldest amusement parks, newest ride, Vertigo. In addition to his professional work, Barry is a member of the ACE mentoring program, advising students on engineering and architecture careers. He also builds and designs sets recreationally for various stage productions in New York City.
Yaye-Mah Boye earned her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and received her associate's degree in civil engineering technology from the City University of New York's College of Technology. A licensed professional engineer in Connecticut, Boye provides technical and strategic advice to developers, contractors and financiers for public-private partnership bids. Some of the projects she manages have capital investment values in the hundreds of millions of dollars. One of her first projects consisted of converting old plants with coal-burning heating systems into more modern efficient gas-burning plants. Her efforts were implemented in 46 New York City public schools, increasing energy savings and decreasing pollution. Prior to becoming a project manager, Boye also worked as a design engineer focusing on highway reconstruction and safety improvement projects around the metropolitan area. Boye heads the humanitarian group of the Senegalese Professionals Network (SENEPRONET), a volunteer association which promotes growth and well-being among Senegalese communities in the U.S. and Senegal.
Alexandra Iannitelli earned her bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Drexel University and is currently pursuing her master's degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University. For the past two years, Iannitelli has been investigating the August 1, 2007 collapse of the Minneapolis I-35 bridge, and has developed a three dimensional model that identifies causes of its failure. She has also investigated parking garage and pedestrian bridge collapses in Atlanta and the system failure of a building in Toronto. Currently, Iannitelli is developing a forensic information model that will store and organize drawings, inspection findings, photographs and measurements of existing buildings that will quickly identify weaknesses in structures.
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