FSU Student Named New Face of Civil Engineering

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kathleen McDiffitt, a student at Fairmont State University (FSU) in West Virginia, was recently named one of ten 2017 New Faces of Civil Engineering—College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

This recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their academic success, volunteerism and dedication to making a positive impact on society through their chosen profession. McDiffitt of Easton, Pa., is eligible for selection as ASCE’s national representative in the New Faces of Engineering program, sponsored by the DiscoverE. The person selected to be ASCE’s New Face for the national program will also receive a $1,000 cash scholarship.

“It’s inspiring to see the next generation of civil engineers role model such passion and dedication for civil engineering through their studies and activities. They unquestionably display the qualities we want to encourage in K-12 students through our upcoming Dream Big! large-screen film,” said Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, president of ASCE.

McDiffitt promotes civil engineering through her involvement with FSU’s ASCE chapter as president, and as project manager of their chapter’s Concrete Canoe team, which will tie a national record this year for consecutive national appearances.

Her work experience includes interning as an estimator for a construction company, where she managed the design and construction of a retaining wall, patio and French drain.

“I am excited to mentor young women and girls in civil engineering and help transition the field to be more female-friendly,” said McDiffitt on what excites her about a career in civil engineering.

McDiffitt’s extra-curricular activities include being involved with FSU’s marching band as the drum major and president, and FSU’s jazz band where she plays the alto saxophone and flute. She is also vice-president of service and administration for the Theta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.