Vanderbilt chapter advisor, student leaders win 2021 ASCE awards

Professor Lori Troxel has received the 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. The award goes to faculty advisors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and support to their ASCE student chapter. She is one of two recipients nationwide.

Lexi Revis, BE’21, the conference planning chair of the 2021 ASCE Southeast Student Conference, has received a 2021 ASCE Student Leadership Award and senior Michael Roman is a second-place winner of the ASCE’s 2021 National Daniel W. Mead Student Contest.

Lori Troxel

Troxel and the Vanderbilt student chapter have received national recognition several times for their outstanding accomplishments and top wins in multiple ASCE student competitions.

Troxel is a professor of the practice of civil and environmental engineering and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a fellow of ASCE and the Structural Engineering Institute.

Troxel develops imaginative senior design projects for the department and leads an interdisciplinary study abroad course on sustainable building and infrastructure that has helped Vanderbilt engineering students study abroad in Northern Ireland and Spain. Her design experience includes designing foundations for electrical power equipment, inspecting supports in nuclear reactors, and designing prestressed bridges.

Lexi Revis

Revis served as outreach coordinator of the ASCE chapter and chair of the ASCE Conference Planning Committee. She was recognized for her leadership and dedication to the Vanderbilt ASCE student chapter and for her role in planning the 2021 Southeast Student Conference held in March. Revis is now a staff engineer at CESO, Inc.

Vanderbilt and Lipscomb University hosted the event, which involved more than 400 students from about 20 universities. Though planning for an in-person conference in Nashville began in 2019, in fall 2020 student organizers moved the conference to an online event.

Roman, vice president of the ASCE student chapter, received second place in the ASCE’s 2021 National Daniel W. Mead Student Contest. The prize is awarded to students who write an outstanding paper on a professional ethics topic determined by the Committee on Student Members.

Michael Roman

The prompt for the 2021 competition was “How should the civil engineering profession respond to COVID-19, and what are our ethical responsibilities associated with civil engineering related operations such as offices, universities, construction sites, exam centers, and transit systems in response to the pandemic?”

Students who are members of their university ASCE chapter are eligible to submit a paper for the Mead Prize, and each chapter can submit only one student paper for consideration. Five students are named finalists each year.

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