International Women in Engineering Day

June 23, 2021

Today, we are celebrating International Women in Engineering Day and sharing some of the amazing work that our women engineers are doing to preserve our quality of life in Florida and beyond. Because of the work that we do, our waters and atmosphere are cleaner, roads are more efficient and safer, communities have more reliable utilities infrastructure, wetlands are protected, and space flight is safer.

Banan Abu Hannoud, EI has been serving as an Engineer Intern in our Infrastructure Discipline since 2016. She spends much of her time supporting water and sewer master planning throughout Florida with water and wastewater hydraulic modeling, fire flow analysis, lift station design and pump sizing. Banan said, “It is exciting and motivating to work alongside communities that enrich my life daily through the work we do. It is an honor to know the work I am doing contributes to keeping our waters healthy and safe for Florida’s citizens and visitors to enjoy!”

Karen Liang, PE, CFM has been a Water Resources Engineer in our West Palm Beach office since 2017. Supporting our Water Resources and Infrastructure Disciplines, she has experience in watershed modeling, coastal storm surge analysis, flood mitigation and delineation, stormwater management, sea level rise resilience analysis, FEMA flood map processes, and water and wastewater modeling and master planning. Among her many projects, Karen supported the St. Johns River Water Management District on the Crane Creek and M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project. She worked to achieve water quality goals that will contribute to the ecological restoration of the Indian River Lagoon while providing water supply benefits to the St. Johns River. Karen remarked, “In a state where hurricane season lasts almost half of the year and the potential impacts of sea level rise and climate change are on the forefront, I am grateful for the opportunity to use my expertise to build resiliency and sustainability strategies into the work we do.”

Since 2005, Department Manager Kim Rivera, PE has played an integral role in Jones Edmunds’ work for NASA. Kim is an Environmental Engineer and maintains accreditation as an asbestos inspector in Florida. “I have been fortunate to have spent most of my career working for NASA and working on their specialized unique projects,” said Kim. “The award-winning Crawlerway, which I have been working on since phase one in 2006, has been the highlight of my career. Because of our work conditioning the Crawlerway, NASA can continue to transport flight vehicles from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Complex 39 B with confidence that the ground beneath will support the heaviest loads it has ever seen and lead to the success of NASA’s future missions.”

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