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Women in Engineering: Stacia Slowey

April 26, 2013

Women in Engineering: Stacia Slowey
UW College of Engineering & Applied Science

“So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done.  But all it takes is imagination.  You dream.  You plan. You reach.  There will be obstacles.  There will be doubters.  There will be mistakes.  But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you… there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps 

Stacia Slowey was recently named one of the 2013 New Faces of Civil Engineering – College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  She will graduate this May as a double major in Civil Engineering and Environment and Natural Resources.  She is the second UW Civil Engineering woman in a row to be recognized by ASCE as one of the “New Faces.”  Gretchen Heberling landed this distinction in 2012. 

Each year ASCE seeks out 10 individuals, 30 years of age or younger that exemplify qualities of leadership, technical prowess, confidence, integrity, sound judgment, and a positive attitude, to receive this honor.  These students are chosen based on their demonstration and promise of becoming future leaders in the engineering profession.

“In the almost 30-years that I have been teaching engineering students on the job and in the 25 years that I have been teaching them in the classroom, I have run across just a few students who are capable of getting the kinds of grades in the difficult engineering curriculum that Stacia has, while simultaneously participating in numerous extracurricular activities,” says Design Squad supervisor Jim Kladianos.  “She brings a level of enthusiasm and a ‘go-getter’ attitude to the workplace that is unlike anything I have experienced before.”

Stacia has additionally been selected as the civil engineering Outstanding Senior by the Joint Engineering Council.  She has also been nominated for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award, UW’s prestigious recognition of the outstanding female graduating senior.  This recognition is based on scholarship, leadership, contributions to the university, and character.  The recipient of this award epitomizes the ideal role model of student scholarship and achievement. 

Outside of engineering, Stacia pursues an interest in the fine arts.  Throughout high school, Stacia spent much of her free time in the pottery studio.  She graduated high school as an International Baccalaureate with the Art Option and has also had her work published in a textbook. 

Stacia grew up in Thornton, CO and chose the University of Wyoming because of its close, but not too close, proximity to home. 

During her time at the University of Wyoming, Stacia has served in a plethora of positions including President of the Society of Women Engineers; Treasurer of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); webmaster for Tau Beta Pi; and was also a member of both the Tau Beta Pi and the Mortar Board honor societies. 

Stacia currently works for the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s (WYDOT) Laramie Design Squad under the supervision of Jim Kladianos.  The design squad is a cooperative education unit operated by WYDOT in conjunction with the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.  Members of the squad are full-time engineering students who work a minimum of 20 hours per week for WYDOT, producing contract plans for highway construction projects. 

Stacia encourages women who are thinking of entering the engineering field to do so, and to do so diligently.  She emphasizes how women engineers bring an entirely new dimension to the engineering field. 

Following graduation in May, Stacia will be working for HDR Engineering in Rapid City, SD as a Civil Engineer in Training (EIT).  She also plans to obtain her master’s degree in Civil Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.


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