Photo of Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F. ASCE
February 2, 2018

Kristina Swallow, 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) national president, will visit Saint Martin’s University on Feb. 16 to speak at the University’s Engineering Awareness Day events and at the 2018 Engineering Banquet.

LACEY, Wash. — Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F. ASCE, 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) national president, will visit Saint Martin’s University on Friday, Feb. 16, to speak at the University’s Engineering Awareness Day events and at the 2018 Engineering Banquet, which are part of the University’s celebration of National Engineers Week.

For Engineering Awareness Day, Saint Martin’s invites students from local high schools to come to campus to see presentations and discussions by engineering faculty and students on various aspects of engineering. During their visit, students have the opportunity to learn about civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. Swallow will provide welcoming remarks about the value of engineering and will participate in break-out sessions with the visiting students.

Later in the day, Swallow will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Engineering Banquet, an annual gathering for students, faculty, staff, alumni, monks, the Board of Trustees, the Engineering Advisory Board, and other supporters of the University’s engineering program. Swallow will present ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Banquet tickets are available here (seating is limited).

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Swallow as our guest speaker,” said David H. Olwell, Ph.D., professor and dean of the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. “She will be inspirational both for our students at Saint Martin’s and in the surrounding high schools.  Our banquet attendees are keenly interested to hear her assessment of our national infrastructure, which is a topic of legislative importance both at the state and national level.”

 “We are so fortunate to have Ms. Swallow attend our Engineers Week events. Her numerous contributions to and enthusiasm for engineering make her the perfect ambassador for the profession.” said Jill Walsh, Ph.D., PE, assistant professor of civil engineering.

Since 2012, Swallow has been a program manager with the City of Las Vegas, where she leads a team of engineers responsible for delivering public works projects. She is responsible for negotiating design and construction contracts, reviewing progress of the work, coordination with public and private sector stakeholders, and responding to external comments or questions. Prior to her current position, she served as Sen. Tom Udall’s lead on transportation policy. She worked on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill and the development and passage of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization bill. She has been active in ASCE since 1995, serving on various committees such as the Committees on Education, and Diversity. She served as the society’s appointed governor on the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute until her election as ASCE’s 2018 president. Swallow earned her bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Arizona in 1994 and a master’s in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Nevada in 2004.

Engineers Week was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Engineers Week 2018 will be held Feb. 18 – 24.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

David Olwell, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering

Jill Walsh, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager