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UW Student Recognized among New Faces of Civil Engineering

January 5, 2012
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University of Wyoming student Gretchen Heberling examines her poster during a mining and engineering symposium at UW. (UW Photo)

University of Wyoming student Gretchen Heberling of Greensboro, Md., is among 10 promising civil engineering college students recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) through its first annual New Faces of Civil Engineering - College Edition.

Heberling and the other students are being recognized for achieving the highest standards as college civil engineering students, whose academic success and extracurricular engagement point to a bright future as professionals in the field of civil engineering.

"These students are an inspiration to future generations of students seeking a career in which they can make a difference," says ASCE President Andrew Herrmann.

In addition to receiving this honor, Heberling was among three students recognized by the National Engineers Week Foundation (NEWF). She was cited as an accomplished violinist interested in small business development and green building design and sustainability.

She received a National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to study green building design and sustainable engineering practices. Her research focused on light manufacturing small businesses (business development, facility retrofitting costs, capital planning, and incorporation of sustainable engineering practices).

Additionally, Heberling has been a tutor and peer assistant for professors in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

"I strive to help my classmates work through difficult problems, and take satisfaction in seeing how mathematics and modeling solve real-world problems," she says.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.

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