Women in Engineering, Gretchen Heberling
Women in Engineering: Gretchen Heberling
UW College of Engineering & Applied Science
by: Jonathan S Barrett
While declining female enrollment in undergraduate engineering programs has been a continuing issue at universities nationwide, the women of the College of Engineering and Applied Science continue to emerge as some of our College's top leaders. These scholars continue to hold significant leadership roles and are being recognized for their unprecedented work ethic and academic achievement.
In December 2011, Architectural Engineering student Gretchen Heberling was nominated for the American Society of Engineers (ASCE) 2012 New Faces of Civil Engineering: College Edition. She was one of only 10 students nationwide to be recognized for achieving the highest standard for students of Civil Engineering. Gretchen advanced all the way to the top three, being recognized for both her academic success and extracurricular activities.
Gretchen's concentration is in the green and sustainability movements occurring in Architectural Engineering. Her inspiration originated from ARE 4920, Green Building History & Theory, offered by Architectural Engineering professor Anthony Denzer, as well as the PBS documentary, "Design E2," that covered the efforts of individuals to solve global ecological issues. As an advocate of green building and sustainability, she recognizes the endless room for improvement. Having recognized this movement being embraced by the U.S. Government, Gretchen expects continued expansion of the field in the years to come. She has recently received her LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate certification from the US Green Building Council.
After completion of her B.S. of Architectural Engineering she intends to spend an additional year at the University of Wyoming completing her music minor and then plans to continue her education with a graduate degree focusing on sustainability and high performance building.
As a woman in engineering, Gretchen has found an abundance of support, encouragement and opportunities, ranging from available scholarships, mentorship programs, and professional associations. Currently Gretchen is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Society of Women Engineers (Rocky Mountain Section), and the Women in Transportation Society.
Engrained with an entrepreneurial spirit, Gretchen hopes to one day establish a private firm, specializing in architectural engineering and sustainability. She looks to become a leader at the forefront of the green and sustainable building movement. The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering has provided Gretchen with the opportunity of coming up with new ideas while simultaneously implementing them through creative problem solving.