Civil Engineer Profiles & NC Zeta Installed

Amber L. Sosa, P.E. (NV A ’04), has been named the 2015 Young Civil Engineer of the Year by the Truckee Meadows Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Sosa is a senior civil engineer with the City of Sparks (NV) and was nominated by her peers for “demonstrating qualities as technically sound, energetic, a leader and someone who cares about improving the community in which she lives.”

In addition she is president-elect of the ASCE Truckee Meadows Branch, a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno, and member of the American Public Works Association. Read the news article for more information.


On Saturday, March 19, in Greenville, NC, the 245th Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at East Carolina University (ECU) was installed. The chapter will be known as North Carolina Zeta and had its petition for membership approved by the 2015 TBP Convention.

Pee Dee the Pirate

The current point of contact for NC Zeta is ECU assistant professor Ricky T. Castles, Ph.D. (VA B ’03). The image above is of Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, and Tricia E. Gomulinski, SD A ’98, with PeeDee the Pirate.


The Republican-American (CT) recently profiled Vincent Siefert, P.E. (PA Q ’83). According to the article, his firm will be working on the renovations of the Whittemore Memorial Bridge and is “widely considered one of the leading bridge construction engineering firms in the country.” Siefert is president of Siefert Associates, LLC, and founded the firm in 2000.

One of Siefert’s past jobs included “hardening” the Brooklyn Bridge to protect against terrorist attacks. “But the next time you go over the (Brooklyn) bridge, look at the vertical suspenders. There is a pipe, maybe 6 or 8 inches in diameter, that has been placed around all of them. Those are to prevent someone from walking up to the vertical suspenders with a plastic explosive and dropping the bridge. We worked on a technique to actually get the pipe erected into place,” said Siefert.


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