2013 Young Professional of the Year Award Winners

Aleece D'Onofrio
Senior Engineer, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Burlington, MA

Aleece has used her expertise in transportation design and management to keep citizens healthy and moving on streets and on bike paths throughout Massachusetts. She has authored numerous articles on engineering topics and their impact on overall quality of life enhancement, is a member of the ACEC/Massachusetts Civil 3D Users Group, which assists MassDOT with issues related to technical standards, and she has presented transportation and structural aspects of civil engineering to middle school girls to promote math and science related fields. She is inspired by the opportunity to directly and positively impact the people in her community on an everyday basis by improving their commutes and enhancing safety. Aleece represented ACEC in the 2013 National Engineers Week "New Faces of Engineering" advertisement in USA Today.

She has a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

 

 

Ashley Vesperman
Transportation Engineer, AECOM, Middleton, Wis.

Ashley has demonstrated leadership, ability and an eagerness to take on new challenges. As the deputy project manager for a bridge location study that will replace a 1,700 foot-long bridge over the environmentally sensitive Wisconsin River, she has prepared for, and chaired meetings with several regulatory agencies and the public to discuss project issues. She champions the industry in her local community by volunteering at a local middle school to help students learn about science and engineering. She also was a fund drive coordinator for the Washington State Department of Transportation where she organized several activities to raise money for local charities including a coat and sock drive for a local homeless shelter, and the sponsoring of a needy family during the holiday season.

Ashley holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

 

Pamela Salas, Project Manager
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, San Francisco

Pamela is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Peru whose engineering projects span the globe — from a Kaiser Permanente Medical Campus in Redwood City, Calif., to the prominent Hudson Park and Boulevard in New York City, to overseas developments in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Higuerito, Honduras. She recently joined Langan's growing site/civil practice in the Bay area and recent projects include the redevelopment of the Port of Redwood City and a 17-story residential building. Pamela is also very involved with Engineers Without Borders, currently serving as the executive council secretary of the San Francisco chapter in which she has traveled to Honduras twice to design and implement a potable water system, and plans to return in 2013 to install a modern underground water system.

Pamela holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Santa Clara University.

 

 

Gheorghe Rosca, Jr.
Rail Section Manager, HDR Engineering, Riverside, CA

Gheorghe was promoted to this position in only four short years. Furthermore, he worked on over 10 bridge replacements and four double-tracking projects with construction values of $30 to $100 million. He is the client manager for the North County Transit District, having managed a $12 million on-call contract and served as project manager on the Trestles Bridge replacement, an iconic railroad bridge at world-famous Trestles Beach. Through his involvement with the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, he works with railway professionals to develop design criteria for high-speed rail infrastructure in the U.S., and he was recently inducted as president of the Railway Association of Southern California. In addition, Gheorghe recently convinced his alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona, to start a railway engineering program and he will teach the very first course next year.

Gheorghe holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly Pomona, and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School.

 

 

Ronald Manney
Senior Staff Engineer, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Arlington, VA

Ronald has worked as geotechnical engineer for some of the most high-profile projects in the world. These projects have led him to work in more than 10 countries before the age of 30. While on-site in Saudi Arabia, he coordinated geotechnical investigations and provided recommendations for the proposed tallest building in the world, Kingdom Tower. Ron has also identified innovative foundation design solutions for U.S. embassies in Morocco, Brazil, Libya, Australia, Iraq, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Zimbabwe. Experienced with karst terrain, he oversaw the geotechnical investigation for the development of a new 12.5 million square-meter city in the United Arab Emirates. Ron is currently the managing geotechnical engineer in Langan's Washington, D.C. office.

Ron holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Lafayette College, and a master's degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

 

 

For additional information or questions, please contact Daisy Nappier, dnappier@acec.org.

 

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