2016 Young Professional of the Year Award Winners

Dana Al-Qadi, Engineer
AECOM, Inc., Chicago, IL

Dana, 26, applies her technical expertise and engineering skills to improve communities. She has worked on projects involving the design of potable water treatment plants, the modeling of hydraulic distribution systems, and the development of feasibility studies. Recently, Dana was a lead researcher on a project to leverage financing for investing in urban green infrastructure. She has conducted field work in Kenya to address sanitation and water quality access. Outside of work, Dana has served as a lead organizer of Project Pipeline, a day camp that exposes disadvantaged middle school students to the fields of design.




Annie Blissit, Water Resources EIT Env SP
Gresham, Smith & Partners, Alpharetta, GA

Annie, 24, has contributed to master planning, collection system design, treatment facility design, permit compliance, and water supply projects for many municipalities in Metro Atlanta, nationwide, and internationally. She has co-authored a chapter of a Water Environment Federation (WEF) publication and has presented at the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) Annual and Fall Conferences. She is actively involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers Georgia Section as the Director of Younger Members, GAWP, and WEF.




Stephanie Kunkel, Project Engineer
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Sparks, MD

Stephanie, 27, serves as lead designer and project engineer/manager on new construction and renovation projects in the government, commercial, and educational industries. She is knowledgeable in energy-efficient and sustainable products and their applications, and attends global forums on diverse and innovative technologies to remain a leader in her field. Traveling throughout North America, Malaysia, and soon India, Stephanie promotes leadership skills and professional development tactics for young engineers through the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.




Adam Leonard, Senior Project Manager
Andover, MA

Adam, 30, formerly with Fitzmeyer & Tocci in Woburn, Mass., managed projects for some of the firm's largest and most important clients, including the University of Massachusetts, for whom he managed the redevelopment of one of the nation's more iconic library facilities, the Claire T. Carney Library. The redesign resulted in a LEED Certified, highly energy efficient facility, while retaining historic architectural and significance of the building. The project received numerous design awards, including the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Award for additions/renovations.




Bridget Osborn, Project Engineer
HR Green Inc., St. Paul, MN

Bridget, 30, played a key role in designing two water reuse irrigation systems along a narrow roadway reconstruction corridor in Woodbury, Minnesota. The new golf course irrigation systems will not only reduce pollutant loading to a downstream impaired lake, but will also reduce the strain on a fast depleting local aquifer. Bridget is an advocate for alternative stormwater use education and has presented this project at multiple conference throughout the Midwest. Bridget received the 2014 MN Council's Emerging Leader Award for her commitment to encouraging the involvement of new and aspiring engineers.




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