C+S January 2020 Vol. 6 Issue 1 (web)

Laura Casset Associate, Floodplain Management and Project Funding Specialist Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) Austin, Texas

Casset has more than a decade of experience serving public clients in stormwater and flood- plain management. Her background includes civil engineering design of flood mitigation projects, surface water hydrology/hydraulics, identifying project funding opportunities, grant application development, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) map revisions and studies, as well as site development, utility relocation, and transportation drainage proj- ects throughout Texas. Accomplishments: • An expert on FEMA grant funding and travels throughout Texas meeting with cities and counties to discuss funding solutions for infrastructure planning and construction. • Erosion Hazard Zone Mapping & Geomorphic Assessment of Eastern Watersheds, Austin. • Riverfront Bank Stabilization and Disaster Recovery Funding, Beaumont. Public/Professional Service: An avid activist for refugees, Casset volunteers with the Refu- gee Center of Austin. Volunteers collect donations for refugee families and victims of sex trafficking. Donations include used items, monetary donations, and skill training. She has prepared apartments for refugee families that arrive in Austin with no belongings. Education: BS, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

Steven Abendschein Senior Principal Stantec Consulting Services Inc. New York, New York

Abendschein has always been a driven individual. It is this drive that put him on the leadership fast track from his first days at Stantec. His engineering expertise and leadership style were first noticed early on in his career, as demonstrated on the Route 9A Redevelopment project. Stantec was in the process of getting the roadway to working order after the devastating September 11th terror attacks. Abendschein led the simulation development for West Street, which illustrated various construction alternatives and their impacts. He was recognized by the client for his professionalism, technical expertise, and sensitivity. Shortly thereafter, he obtained his professional engineering license. Accomplishments: • At the age of 28, was promoted to managing leader of a 30-person group responsible for traffic engineering and national traffic and revenue studies in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. • Leads Stantec’s Transportation Technology group, focusing on Intelligent Transportation Systems and self-driving vehicle initiatives across the world. • Since June 2013, has been responsible for 43 investment-grade traffic and revenue studies that have raised $13 billion in revenue bonds. Public/Professional Service: Active inACEC NY and is currently the Chair for the chapter’s Scholarship Committee. He organizes and oversees the committee, and reviews and scores scholarship applications. Since the program’s inception in 2002, the council has awarded $770,500 collectively to 280 high-achieving engineering students attending New York State colleges and universities. Education: Master of Engineering, Engineering Management, Cornell University | BS, Civil Engineering, Cornell University


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