DiscoverE Announces 2016 New Faces of Engineering Honorees

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Release Date: 

April 4th, 2016

Washington DC, April 4, 2016 - DiscoverE today announced the 2016 class of New Faces of Engineering honorees.

Since 2003, DiscoverE has presented this award to honor the work of up-and-coming engineers who are making their mark on their industry.  National engineering societies nominate colleagues 30 years old or younger for consideration. This highly coveted award is recognized as a top honor for young engineers by their peers in the engineering community, and continues to grow in prestige.

This year’s class includes 12 young professionals innovating solutions throughout a cross-section of industries, including energy, technology, water resources, medicine, aerospace and the environment. Many previous honorees have gone on to launch global businesses and NGOs.

These talented individuals are also recognized for having dedicated themselves to using their skills and education to help engender a better world.  From developing sustainable solutions to address water resource issues to envisioning the transportation systems of tomorrow, these young engineers serve as inspirations both for their peers and for the next generations coming up behind them.


2016 New Faces Professional Bios


August “Gus” Boschert, P.E.

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Nominated By: National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) 

Type: Mechanical Engineer

Education: United States Military Academy/B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Duke University/Masters of Engineering Management

August (‘Gus’), 30, works with the Department of Defense to identify innovative ways to help the Army, Navy, and Air Force bring water, food, and electrical power to areas whose airports and seaports have been destroyed by floods or natural disasters.  Prior to working in the private sector, Gus served as an Army Engineer for five years, with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Last year, he was elected as President of the local National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) chapter.  Gus, along with fellow members of NSPE, participates annually in the Discover Engineering Family Day in Washington, D.C.


Anne Dare, Ph.D., EIT

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Purdue University

Nominated by: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Type: Agricultural and Biological Engineer

Anne, 29, has realized her professional passion to work with farmers to resolve resource concerns. To prepare for a career at the crossroads of science, engineering, technology, and policy, she earned a Ph.D. at Purdue University. While there, she advanced the understanding of the linkages between arid land water management, food security, and rural sanitation solutions while working across Palestine, Tunisia, and Qatar. Anne is a co-founder of Purdue’s Engineering Innovation for International Development (I2D) Lab, working to sustainably solve global development challenges and was an invited expert to the Farmer-to-Farmer program with Universidad de Los Llanos in Colombia. She was recently selected for a fellowship with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington DC.


Toby Deen, P.E.

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Devon Energy

Nominated By: Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Type: Operations Engineer

Education: University of Oklahoma/B.S., Petroleum Engineering

Toby, 29, believes that access to affordable energy is a key element for economic prosperity and also the main driver for increased quality of life and living standards around the world.  Toby develops systems, processes and strategies for extracting oil and gas from the ground in the safest and most efficient ways possible. Ever mindful of the power of mentoring, and to show his gratitude to those who mentored him, Toby is committed to paying it forward. He started the OKC SPE Future Trailblazers Mentoring Program, a program that provides local professional mentors to help engineering students who don’t have industry contacts. Toby is also a director for Hope Retreat Ranch, a non-profit he and his family started in 2011. Hope Retreat Ranch provides equine-assisted activities for children with disabilities to improve motor skills, decrease anxiety, and educate visitors about animals and nature.


Bryony DuPont, Ph.D.

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Oregon State University

Nominated: ASME

Type: Mechanical Engineer

Education: Case Western Reserve University/B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University/M.S., Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

An Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU), Bryony, 30, is also a designer and builder of advanced computer algorithms.  Bryony’s work is focused at the intersection of artificial intelligence and sustainability, to design renewable energy systems and sustainable products that are more adaptable to the real world.  Outside the lab and classroom, Bryony’s outreach activities encourage young women to pursue engineering education and careers. She runs an engineering design workshop for girls through middle-school outreach programs, where students use KNEX to make and race cars to learn about engineering design trade-offs.  She also serves as the faculty lead for Project X, a student-run organization that sponsors engineering workshops, educational videos, and hands-on engineering experiences designed for middle and high school students.


Rose Faghih, Ph.D.

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nominated By: IEEE-USA

Type: Electrical Engineer

Education: The University of Maryland/B.S, Electrical Engineering (Summa cum Laude, Electrical Engineering Honors Citation)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/M.S., Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with Minor in Mathematics

Even as a child, Rose, 30, had a passion for solving mathematical brainteasers. With this passion, she maintained a perfect GPA throughout her undergraduate as well as Ph.D. studies. Today, she applies that passion to her work in biomedical engineering by approaching complex problems about how the body works as elaborate puzzles to be solved. This enables her to develop mathematical algorithms that contribute to advancement of medical sciences. For example, during her Ph.D. studies, Rose answered important questions in neuroendocrine data analysis and control by studying cortisol secretion (a steroid hormone). Today, she is planning to build a device to help patients with cortisol deficiency. She has published multiple peer-reviewed journal papers, and presented at several conferences. Besides her passion for STEM, Rose has published two books of poetry.


Darvin Griffin, Ph.D.

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Cornell University

Nominated By: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Type: Biomedical Engineer

Education: Mississippi State University/B.S., Biological Engineering

Cornell University/M.S., Biomedical Engineering; Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering

Darvin, 29, is part of a research group at Cornell University’s Bonassar Lab, assessing treatments for cartilage repair in the knee, which is associated with loss of function and long-term complications such as osteoarthritis. He has received many honors and awards, including the 2015 NSBE Mike Shinn Distinguished Graduate Student of the Year and prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. For four consecutive years, he has served as a mentor and role model to minority students in STEM fields at the middle school and college levels. 


Rajan Jha, MS, EIT, AM. ASCE

Award Year: 2016

Employer: ARCADIS

Nominated by: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Type:  Water Resource Engineer

Education: Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India, BS; Virginia Tech, MS

Rajan, 29, who came to the U.S. from India in 2011, is fulfilling his dream to deliver clean water to developing economies and protect households from floods. As a project engineer, he develops environmentally sustainable solutions for water resources, bringing polluted rivers back to healthy ecosystems and rehabilitating and restoring streams and waterways. His work for ARCADIS involves inspecting more than 5,000 storm water structures and rehabilitating extensive sewer networks. Rajan has been honored at the ASCE World Water Congress for his research that collected data from over 1,500 rivers and streams around the world. He volunteers for Engineers Without Borders and designed a well and water distribution network in Kafue, Zambia.


Tasha Kamegai-Karadi

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Geosyntec Consultants

Nominated By: Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Type: Environmental Engineer

Education: University of California Berkeley /B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University/ M.S., Environmental Engineering and Science

Tasha, 28, has built her career on protecting the environment.  A groundwater expert at Geosyntec, she designs solutions that remediate contaminated groundwater and soil. She also manages field investigations to assess vapor intrusion and designs solutions to protect building occupants. At UC Berkeley, Tasha assisted with research to reduce mercury contamination in wetlands and, while at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, she conducted structural analysis and high purity water treatment design for nuclear submarines. Tasha’s early love of science was inspired by her mother, a single parent who pursued degrees in biochemistry and genetics. After her mother’s passing, Tasha honored her by advocating for women’s mental health in engineering. Tasha has lectured at the Society of Women Engineer’s largest conference on “Breaking Down Stigmas and Building Awareness: Mental Health”.


Bridget Osborn, P.E.

Award Year: 2016

Employer: HR Green, Inc.

Nominated by: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Type: Water Resource Engineer

Education: University of Wisconsin, BS in Geology 2009; University of Minnesota, BS in Geological Engineering, 2009

Bridget, 30, helps her clients manage surface water and creates innovative, practical solutions for managing storm water and other runoff. Her design of iron enhanced sand filter systems within a redeveloped brownfields site earned her a project of the year award from the Capitol Region Watershed District. Bridget is a strong advocate for education about alternative uses for storm water and has presented at multiple conferences. She played a key role in designing two new golf course irrigation systems that reduced pollution to a downstream phosphorous impaired lake and eased strain on a fast-depleting aquifer. Bridget is the 2014 recipient of the Minnesota Council’s Emerging Leader Award for her commitment to encouraging the involvement of new and aspiring engineers, works with Habitat for Humanity and is a judge for the Minnesota Future City middle school engineering


Amrika Ramjewan  

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Ministry of Public Administration

Nominated: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)

Type: Industrial Engineer

Education: The University of the West Indies/BCs, Industrial Engineering

The University of Manchester/MSc, Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis

Amrika, 26, works to improve and modernize various public services as a Service Improvement Specialist with the Ministry of Public Administration in Trinidad and Tobago. Using Lean and Six Sigma improvement approaches, Amrika developed a process that reduced waiting time to access outpatient care at the Scarborough General Hospital in Tobago by 30%. She also worked with the National Archives of Trinidad & Tobago to streamline its operations and start the digitization of its record collections. Amrika is a founding member of the Industrial Engineers of the Caribbean (IEC), a local chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).


Rachel Romero, P.E.

Award Year: 2016

Employer: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Nominated by: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning

Engineers (ASHRAE)

Type: Energy Engineer

Education: Hope College in Holland, MI, Mechanical Engineering; University of Colorado, Civil Engineering in Building Systems

Rachel, 29, focuses on practical solutions for renewable and efficient energy across the nation. As a Project Leader for the Department of Homeland Security’s energy management program through NREL, she has provided energy efficiency and renewable energy technical assistance for DHS labs and sites as well as for iconic federal buildings around Washington DC. Rachel organized the 2016 Race to Zero Student Design Competition, in which college students are challenged to become the next generation of building science professionals for zero-energy ready homes. Rachel volunteers on the ASHRAE Presidential Elect Advisory committee and recently received an award for Individual Excellence for her work co-chairing the Rocky Mountain committee for Young Engineers in ASHRAE.


Kayley Seawright

Award Year: 2016

Employer: Boeing

Nominated by: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Type: Mechanical and Structural Analysis Engineer

Education: Clemson University 2014

Kayley, 23, works as a stress analyst for the Boeing Company’s Aeromechanics Technology group. Her work supports the development of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation system, CST-100, that will provide NASA with transportation to and from the International Space Station. A member of AIAA and the Society of Women Engineers, Kayley served as Clemson University’s ’13- ’14 student body president, advocating for 20,000 students and approving a budget of $1.6 million. She also works with Boeing’s DreamLearners program, mentoring and teaching younger students what it means to be an engineer.


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