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Kathryn Leonardo and Kamakshi Sistla Recognized by ASCE and NSPE as Young Engineers of the Year

Two engineers in the Las Vegas office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization, have been recognized by Nevada chapters of national engineering professional organizations with 2015 Young Engineer of the Year designations.

 

Two engineers in the Las Vegas office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization, have been recognized by Nevada chapters of national engineering professional organizations with 2015 Young Engineer of the Year designations.

Kathryn Leonardo was named 2015 Young Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Southern Nevada Branch.

Kamakshi Sistla received a 2015 Young Engineer of the Year award from the Southern Nevada Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) – an award that Ms. Leonardo received last year.

“Kathryn and Kamakshi share a passion for the engineering profession and a strong desire to give back to the community,” said Sam Tso, Las Vegas area manager for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. “They have dedicated invaluable personal time and energies to advance engineering through ASCE and NSPE.”

Ms. Leonardo is an engineer with the firm’s Las Vegas transportation team, with a focus on road and highway design. Her recent projects include the Interstate 215/Airport Connector Interchange, and Interstate 15 North Phase IV, which is currently in the design stage. Her recognition from the Southern Nevada Branch of ASCE was presented in part for her leadership within the organization’s Younger Member Group (YMG) and its efforts to increase membership within the ASCE chapter.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Ms. Leonardo moved to the U.S. in 2004, graduating from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2011 with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. She joined WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2012.

Ms. Sistla is a water resources engineer with the water business unit, with a focus on flood control facility design. She was involved in the design of the Interstate 215/Airport Connector Interchange project, as well as the Oakey Storm Drain project. She is also supporting WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff projects in the San Francisco, Sacramento and Denver regions, and provided support on the Al- Multa housing projects in Kuwait. She serves as the board secretary for the Southern Nevada Chapter of NSPE and is co-chair of its STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) outreach committee.

Born and raised in India, Ms. Sistla earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in India before graduating from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2005 with a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. She joined the Las Vegas office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2007.

About WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. The firm’s expertise ranges from environmental remediation and urban planning, to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. 
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