Engineering News Record (ENR) recently held the 40 Under 40 event at the ENR Summit in San Francisco. They celebrated emerging leaders in the engineering industry who are making their mark on the industry.
Unlike years past, this year, the majority of those honored were women and many, women of color.
Another point is that many were from Chicago.
Here is a snippet from the article:
In 2008, after success as an electrical engineer working for others, Kimberly Moore decided to take a leap of faith and start her own firm. Unfortunately, the then-28-year-old couldn’t have had worse timing. “I was a kid and had no idea of what a recession was, and I landed right in the middle of it,” says the Chicago native.
To make ends meet while still keeping her fledging company alive—if only by email address—Moore worked as a barista at Starbucks and other noncompeting jobs. “In 2012, I got the opportunity once again to open my doors, and this time it stuck,” she says. Since then, Moore has grown the one-woman operation into a successful consulting engineering firm of about 60 employees with back-to-back years of triple-digit growth. “The reward has paid off more than I could have even imagined.” She especially values “the changes in the lives of the people that we hire and how we affect their families, their day-to-day lives and their career paths.”
Moore’s story illustrates how young people under the age of 40 have been reshaping the face of the industry. It’s just one of the compelling journeys that brought a group of 20 young professionals to San Francisco in early June to ponder the biggest opportunities and challenges at their firms and in their careers and to brainstorm the path forward.
ENR’s Top 20 Under 40 class of 2018 was selected from 475 nominations submitted last fall from all niches of the industry. ENR’s 10 regional U.S. editions assembled local juries that identified up to 20 winners in each region. A panel of new national judges reviewed the 50 top-scoring individuals among those 177 regional winners and selected these 20 individuals to represent the pinnacle of leadership skills, community service, work ethic and talent.
The judges, working independently, appeared drawn to applicants who represent the rapidly changing composition of the industry. For example, women make up three quarters of the honorees, several of whom are women of color.
“These emerging construction leaders epitomize an industry that is transitioning from an image of Caucasian blue-collar kingpins to a community of well-educated professionals embracing a diverse workforce and rapidly-changing technologies,” says E. Colette Nelson, former chief advocacy officer for the American Subcontractors Association and one of five judges for the competition.
The winners represent geographic and professional diversity as well. At least one winner came from each of ENR’s 10 regions. The group included contractors, engineers, entrepreneurs, architects and educators.
Read the full article on the 40 under 40 in engineering.
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