Engineers Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers
Adrienne Nikolic, P.E., LEED AP
Adrienne Nikolic, P.E., LEED AP, recently transitioned to a new position as a senior engineer in the Power and Utilities Advisory Division at Ernst & Young. Prior to this role, she served as a project engineer with Black & Veatch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has worked successfully with large water-wastewater sector utility clients, most notably the Philadelphia Water Department. She was instrumental in developing their Utility Wide Strategic Energy Plan, which analyzed energy use at all PWD facilities and required her to work with various professionals to identify energy efficient operational/capital projects for implementation at numerous facilities. Adrienne is very active in Philadelphia’s ASCE-YMF, serving on the board fro the past four years where she has worked to develop an outreach program to introduce school children to engineering. She has also been involved in the development of the 2010 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure, contributing to both the Drinking Water and Wastewater Report sections.
Adrienne holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree in engineering, environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Ross Gordon, P.E, CFM, LEED AP
Ross Gordon, P.E., CFM, LEED AP has distinguished himself as a leader and innovator in urban storm water management within AECOM’s Water operations. As lead author of the City of Houston’s “Capital Improvement Plan Process Manual for Infrastructure Programs,” Ross developed innovative solutions to identify, develop and prioritize projects for the multi-billion dollar “ReBuild Houston” infrastructure improvement program. He is also a leader in green infrastructure; his “Independence Parkway – Green Roadway Design” project was awarded the Eminent Conceptor Award from the Texas Council of Engineering Companies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Rice Engineering Alumni, and is actively involved in mentoring future engineers through Rice University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, where he serves as a professional mentor for the El Salvador Project Team. In his most recent project in El Pital, El Salvador, Ross helped build a new water distribution and treatment system bringing running water to every home.
Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from Rice University.
Jacquelin Reed, a water project engineer at HDR in Los Angeles, California, has a unique ability to understand client needs, develop technical strategies to address their needs, and deliver high quality results. She is currently working on the West Basin Municipal Water District’s Phase V expansion of the Edward C. Little Recycling Facility and is passionate about educating the public about the project’s benefits. She is actively involved in the Government Affairs Committee of ASCE in the Los Angeles area, working to lobby for support of local infrastructure projects while also encouraging other engineers to be involved in the political process. She has also actively been involved with Engineers Without Borders, serving as president of the club at the University of Southern California. While there, the club worked to provide water to two communities in Honduras by first raising the funds to support the effort and secondly visiting the communities to test water samples and educate the community on basic hygiene and waterborne illness prevention.
Jacquelin holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California.
Mehri Paydar, E.I.T.
Mehri Paydar, E.I.T., a graduate of Northwestern University, was chosen in 2010 to represent Northwestern as Student Advisor at Engineer of the Future 3.0 – a forum exploring educational development. She was a panelist at the 2010 Northwestern Architecture Symposium comparing German and U.S. sustainability techniques and was recognized as a top-three finalist for the prestigious 2011 Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship for her research integrating innovative engineering and movement. Her unique perspective as a former professional ballerina motivates her passion for the influence of movement and architecture on engineering design and construction.
Mehri holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University