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CEE Undergraduate Kaitie DeOre Wins American Bridge Leadership Award

PITTSBURGH (March 5, 2020) — The Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded the American Bridge Leadership Award to Kaitie DeOre, a senior civil engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. Michael Winiarczyk, senior civil engineering student at Pitt, received an ASCE Accomplishment Award. 

“Kaitie and Mike are great students, and I’m proud of their accomplishments,” says Anthony Iannacchione, PhD, associate professor of civil engineering and the Pitt ASCE student chapter’s faculty advisor. “I was honored to recommend them for these awards and look forward to the amazing things they will accomplish in their careers.”

The Bridge Award is a highly competitive award open to all civil engineering students in the region covered by the ASCE Pittsburgh Section, and included a $7,000 cash prize. The ASCE Accomplishment Award included a $500 cash prize. 

DeOre, whose concentration is geotechnical engineering, is the president of Pitt ASCE. She organized the first annual Civil Engineering Day at Pitt to introduce high school students to the field through professional demonstrations, lab tours, panels and hands-on activities. She is captain for the Geotechnical Team and is involved with the Society of Women Engineers. DeOre has completed a co-op with Independence Excavating; after graduation in December 2020, she plans to pursue a career in the industry here in Pittsburgh.

Winiarczyk, who will also graduate in December 2020, is the treasurer for ASCE Pitt. He is the captain of the 2019-2020 OVSC Surveying team and has been co-captain and member of the team for the past two years. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has completed co-ops with PennDOT and GAI Consultants, Inc., where he is planning to enter a full-time position in Transmission Line Engineering upon graduation.

The awards were presented at the Engineers Week Awards Banquet on Feb. 15, 2020.

Author: Maggie Pavlick

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