Our Young Engineer Winners Picked from different Professional Societies


Trevor Rice

Trevor Rice holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, and has worked since 2011 as a Systems Engineer for Chemstations, Inc. He has been an active member of the South Texas Section of AIChE for 4 years, serving as Chair of the Young Professionals in 2016. His previous work with the YPs has included maintaining the group’s website and helping with audio/visual setup for streaming the STS monthly meetings.

APWA TX Ch Southeast Branch

Long Nguyen, PE

Long Nguyen, PE is a project manager with Halff Associates, Inc. He is currently leading a team augmented into the City of Houston’s Storm Water Engineering Section. He primarily works on public works projects including storm sewer, paving, water, and waste water. Long has worked in both public and private sectors and has managed several large projects, such as Buffalo Bayou Park Channel Improvements and Pleasantville Drainage and Paving.

Long has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is an active member of APWA – Southeast Branch and currently serves as Young Professional chair. His favorite part of APWA is interacting with all of the brilliant people, and coordinating engaging events. Long’s hobbies include football, staying active, and spending time with his dog, Weezy.


Julia Clarke

Julia joined Fugro in February 2008 while earning a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. During her employment, she received her engineering license from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Her current position as Senior Project Engineer, involves being a Lead Geotechnical Engineer on highway improvement projects on the Commercial and Infrastructure project team.

While working, she published technical papers in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference proceedings and the Applied Clay Science Journal of her research conducted at Purdue University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2005 prior to attending Purdue University

Julia served as the 2014-2015 Geotechnical Sub-Committee Chair and the 2015-2016 Technical Program Chair for the ASCE Houston Branch. She currently serves as the Vice President Technical for the ASCE Houston Branch and corresponding member of the ASCE Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


Poolkeshi Patel, CWO-D, E.I.T.

Poolkeshi Patel has over four years of experience in drinking water and wastewater planning and design. She received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineer from Gujarat University, India. After completing her M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, she started her consulting career in water/wastewater process planning and design. She is currently working as a Graduate Engineer II at KIT Professionals, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Over the past four years, she has worked on several high-profile projects with municipal and industrial clients. The clients that Poolkeshi has worked with include the City of Houston, City of Sugarland, City of Baytown, City of Richmond, San Jacinto River Authority, North Harris County Regional Water Authority, and major oil and gas companies. Poolkeshi has experience with several modeling software tools such as GIS, HEC-RAS and MODFLOW.

Poolkeshi is a TCEQ – Class D certified water operator. She has Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC) for onsite work in secure facilities. She is an Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) and working toward her Professional Engineer Certification. She is currently serving on board of the American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE) and the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT). She has been actively involved with ASIE since 2014 as a Board Member and Membership Chair.


Sara Stephens

Sara Stephens is an Electrical Engineer. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 2006. She interned with BNSF Railway before accepting a full-time position with the company where she worked for 4 years in multiple positions. She then moved on to work for Xorail for 3 years before coming back to Houston to work for SNC-Lavalin. She has held various positions in IEEE in the Kansas City Section and the Houston Section. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and an active member of the Texas Electrical Safety Association (TESA).


Jessica Terry

Jessica Terry serves as a Program Manager and IT Business Analyst for Chevron. She is responsible for consulting with the business to develop requirements for system enhancements for end-users. Jessica also leads special projects that will benefit the Supply and Trading organization. She has managed several projects which have resulted in over $1 million in savings for Chevron.

Jessica is currently the Vice-President of the NSBE Houston Professionals and the Houston Area Liaison of the Black Employee Network where she is responsible for three sites. She is also a member Class IV of the Houston Black Leadership Institute.

Jessica is from Indianapolis, IN. She graduated Valedictorian, from Bennett College for Women with a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from North Carolina A&T University. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC and enjoys serving her community, reading, and exploring new countries.


Tommi Jo Scott

Tommi Jo Scott is an assistant project manager for LJA Engineering, Inc in the West Houston office. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2009 and a Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering in 2011. She has since become an expert in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and various drainage design projects for local agencies including City of Houston, Pearland, TxDOT, and HCFCD. Tommi Jo is a Texas License Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager.

Tommi Jo was introduced to SAME the summer before her freshman year, where she received an SAME scholarship. After graduation, she rejoined SAME as an officer. She is currently serving her second year as the SAME Secretary and Membership Chair and third year as Sponsorship Chair. In her off time, Tommi Jo enjoys reading, Asian dramas, volunteering at her synagogue, and visiting the amazing Houston Zoo.


Ever I. Hernandez, EIT

Ever Hernandez has been a facilities engineer at Chevron for 11 years and is currently specializing in subsea pumps & equipment. His most notable achievement has been delivering multiple 3-megawatt subsea pump stations and installing them on the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico, 7000 feet below the surface.Other assignments have included leading the execution of an offshore geotechnical and geophysical survey campaign for a subsea field development off the coast of Angola and working on the commissioning and start-up of a sour oil and gas processing plant in Kazakhstan. He was born in El Salvador and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was been an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) since college and has continued his involvement executing various leadership roles on the board of SHPE Houston Professional Chapter including his current role as Community Outreach Coordinator.

SPE-Gulf Coast

Aniket Kumar

Aniket Kumar works for Halliburton as a Principal Product Engineer in the Drilling and Completions group based out of Houston, and has over five years of experience in drilling engineering analysis and hydraulic fracturing field operations. Aniket has published more than 20 papers and articles in various technical journals and conferences and has 16 pending patent applications associated with advancing well designs and drilling operations.

Prior to joining Halliburton, he worked for Schlumberger as a field engineer in Oklahoma. He holds an M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston and also holds B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India.

Aniket is very active within the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section and is engaged in a number of successful volunteer roles within the section.


Ashley Zamore

Ashley has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and has worked in the oil & gas industry for 10 years. Her career began in contracts procurement before transitioning to project and cost management roles, and is currently the Lead Cost Engineer for Oxys Centurion Pipeline Division. She has been a member of SWE since college (serving as Rutgers Treasurer and VP) and recently became a life member. While in Houston she served as FY06-07 Certificate of Merit Chair, FY13 Student Awards Banquet Chair, FY16 Treasurer, and FY17 Section Representative. She loves giving back to the community by helping promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among women and students in the Greater Houston Area. Ashley is honored to receive the prestigious Young Engineer of the Year Award for SWE-HA.


Lindsey Reid

Lindsey Reid is currently an engineer for AECOM in Houston, TX. She has worked in AECOM’s water and wastewater treatment plant design group for over five years. She has had the opportunity to work on various local and regional water and wastewater treatment design projects as well as stormwater management and industrial projects. Lindsey has also presented papers at both regional and national AWWA conferences, including the 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago.

Lindsey has been the Communications Chair for the Southeast Texas Chapter of AWWA for three years. In this capacity she has had the opportunity to work closely with other members of the leadership team and committee chairs both in planning events and volunteering. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and her Master of Science in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.


Monica Waits, P.E.

Monica Waits, P.E. was born in Houston, TX. She left the great state of Texas to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. There, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Transportation and a minor in Urban and Regional Planning. While at the University of Florida, Monica was a member of the student chapter of ITE (UFITE). Currently, Monica works as a Project Engineer for Midtown Engineers. She has 7 years of experience in traffic and roadway engineering.

Monica has been the membership chair for TexITE since 2015. She has been an active member of TexITE since 2012. Previously, she helped the Programs Chair in her leave of absence in 2014. In her spare time, Monica enjoys being the Secretary, Webmaster, and President Elect for the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Houston Gator Club, traveling all over the globe, spending time with her grandmother, and volunteering for large scale events such as the NCAA Final Four, Super Bowl 51, and the Olympics in Rio.


Mark Hoffman

Mark Hoffman is an Associate at Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. in Houston. Mark joined the Civil Engineering Group at Walter P Moore after graduating from Rice University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2011. Mark manages a team of engineers, designers and drafters, working primarily in private land development. His project experience has included recreational and cultural facilities, institutional campuses, commercial and industrial developments, hospitality and multifamily projects, and master planning.

Mark has been an active member of the Greater Houston chapter of TSPE since 2013. He currently serves as Treasurer and Young Engineers chair. Mark co-developed and implemented TSPE’s young engineer mentorship program. Mark also volunteers with the ACE Mentor Program of America, Canstruction Houston, and MathCounts.


Ambarish Ravi

Ambarish Ravi has been with working with AECOM for over 5 years as a project engineer designing treatment, storage and conveyance projects. During the course of the last 5 years, he has worked on some prestigious projects such as the 6 MGD Baytown Surface Water Treatment Plant and the 200 MGD Central Pump Station among other projects. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved with the Water Environment Association of Texas in varying capacities and currently serves as the treasurer for its Houston Chapter. He has a MS, Civil Engineering Degree from Texas A&M University and a BS, Civil Engineering degree from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India. He is an avid environmentalist and likes to travel internationally, listen to NPR, cook and stay active through various sports and workouts.


Jennifer Steen, P.E.

Jennifer Steen, P.E. graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2005. After graduation she worked on numerous PHA, projects including the Bayport Terminal entry gate.

Since joining Halff in 2012, Ms. Steen has managed numerous civil engineering projects. Including acquiring FEMA accreditation for the Matagorda Ring Levee, assisting with the bus route in Conroe, and designing the beautification along SH-105.

Mrs. Steen is the 2016/17 Director of Programs for WTS. Her past chair positions include Communications, Programs, and Texas Leadership Conference. She was awarded Member of the Year in 2010.

Mrs. Steen has been a leader and Sunday School Superintendent at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Conroe since 2007. Ms. Steen and her husband, Tim, are residents of Montgomery County. When she is not managing engineering projects, working on WTS, or volunteering at church, she enjoys spending time with him and their two children, Jewell and Kyle.

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