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Women in Engineering: Margaret Kimble

March 22, 2012

Civil Engineering senior Margaret Kimble was born and raised in Lakewood, CO.  Initially, she had the intentions of attending the Colorado School of Mines.  Yet, after a Spring Break trip to the University of Wyoming and an hour unscheduled talk with Susan McCormack, her decision had changed.  It was evident that the University of Wyoming contained the warmer and friendlier atmosphere that she was seeking while also providing an enormous amount of opportunities presented to her.  During a very short time on campus she knew that Laramie was a place that she would be able to call home.

Now, four years later Margaret serves as the Conference Chairman for the Rocky Mountain Student Conference presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  This conference brings together 14 different schools and 320 students and faculty for the 3-day event.  This year's conference takes place from March 29th thru the 31st on the University's campus.    

Most recently, she was named the 2012 Student Engineer of the Year by the Wyoming Engineering Society.  Margaret has been a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society since the fall of 2010 and continues to assist high school students during the Engineering Summer Program presented by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.  She has also been an active participant in the Institute of Transportation Engineers, The Joint Engineering Council, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Her undergraduate advisor has been Dr. Dolan, focusing on structural and transportation engineering.  This upcoming semester she begins her graduate work with Dr. Tanner with an emphasis on fly ash mitigation of alkali reactions in concrete.  This is a major cause of expansion and cracking in concrete that yields premature failure of concrete structures.  She is currently working as a member of the Wyoming Department of Transportation Design Squad.  She hopes to one day combine all of her specialties by working in bridge construction. 

Margaret continues to stress the importance of student involvement/engagement during their time spent at the University.  She has come to realize the vast amount of knowledge and unique experiences that are accessible through this and has taken full advantage of each of these opportunities.

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