A 35-year bridge building veteran, a 30-year expert on alternative project delivery, a well-known international design firm, and two University of Maryland graduate students were honored yesterday as part of the ARTBA Foundation’s “Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards” program.  

The awards were presented in three categories during a special luncheon held in conjunction with the association’s 2014 National Convention in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

The “Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award,” which is given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and long-term service in the industry’s public or private sectors, was given to Linda Figg, president, chief executive officer and director of bridge art for Figg Engineering Group (FIGG), and Katherine Nees, P.E., of the Texas Department of Transportation.

The “Glass Hammer Award” honoring companies in the transportation construction industry that have innovative programs and activities directed at successfully promoting women leaders within their organization, went to CH2M HILL.

The “Future Industry Leader Spotlight Award” was given to two University of Maryland graduate students: Eirini Kastrouni, who is pursuing her doctorate in civil engineering, and Sadaf Khosravifar, who is pursuing a doctorate in geotechnical and pavement engineering.