iLookLikeACivilEngineer was inspired by Isis Anchalee Wenger who launched #iLookLikeAnEngineer. Read More. Isis is a self-taught software engineer who was featured in a recruiting poster for her company. The poster generated lots of comments, some challenging whether women engineers really look like she does. In light of these reactions, Isis launched a movement to “help spread the word and help us redefine what an engineer should look like.” The Internet caught fire with this movement as women engineers posted photos of themselves to show what engineers look like.Read More.
While the I Look Like an Engineer movement focused mostly on software engineers, I Look Like a Civil Engineer wants to build on that movement for Civil Engineers. Civil and Environmental Engineers account for about 15 percent of all the engineering degrees, which is second in size only to Mechanical Engineers. Civil Engineers help keep our physical and natural environment functioning, vital and strong, and since we all use these built and natural resources, it’s important that the people at the table making decisions about these resources represent the public for which they are making the decisions.
The Founders of iLookLikeACivilEngineer have been in the engineering field for 10 to 30 years. We love Civil Engineering and we also feel passionate about promoting diversity in Civil Engineering.We hope you enjoy this website and that it furthers our mission.
Provide support to all Civil Engineers.
Increase awareness of conscious and unconscious biases regarding Civil Engineers.
Raise awareness of what Civil Engineers do to keep our built and natural environment functioning, vital, and strong.
Promote diversity in Civil Engineering.
Encourage all people to consider a career in Civil Engineering.
Aelisa Carr, PE
Aelisa has a BS in Civil Engineering from UC Davis. She is a land development and water resources engineer, most recently performing in a management role for a variety of high-profile projects in the District of Columbia. After 11 years following a sometimes traditional and sometimes not so traditional engineering career path, she recently took a leap into the unknown to pursue several compelling business development and entrepreneurial opportunities and passion projects, which now include I Look Like a Civil Engineer. She is currently traveling the world with her husband and 1year old in tow, splitting time between India, California, and Washington, D.C.
Lynn Mayo, PE
Lynn earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and a MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford. She has worked for over 30 years as a consultant on a wide range of projects for local, state, and federal clients. She was appointed by the Montgomery County, Maryland County Executive to serve as the Academic and Scientific Community Representative on the County’s Water Advisory Group from 1999 to 2005. In her free time, she is on a quest to find the perfect swimming spot in the Chesapeake Bay.
Charlene Johnston , PE
Charlene has nearly 20 years of experience in the water resource field. She earned a business degree in 1986 and in 1997 earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont. Charlene has co-founded non-profit organizations, served on boards and committees, organized events, mentored young engineers and a 3rd grade student, and judged youth STEM competitions. She was Chair of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute’s Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Committee and subsequently served as Vice Chair of the Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Council. She is also a certified yoga instructor and NAUI scuba diver.
Jonica Gibson , PE
Jonica received her BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware. Over her 19-year career, she has focused primarily on coastal engineering and water resources. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and three daughters. Although she spent her childhood landlocked in Minnesota and central Alabama, she discovered her inner beach bum in college and now can be found boogie boarding and attempting to skimboard with her daughters whenever she gets the chance.
Kwabena has a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and an MS from the University of Vermont. He has a passion for water management and developed an interest in Civil Engineering when he learned that the majority of diseases in developing countries are water borne. Kwabena was a member of the Executive Committee for the Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Committee of the Environmental Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers between 2008 and 2013 and was President of the committee for 2011–2012.
Matt is an Area Director with Galileo Learning, an innovative arts, science, and outdoors camp program in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and Chicago. Before joining Galileo, he directed after-school programs with Techbridge, a girl-serving organization focused on changing the face of science and engineering leadership around the country. Matt also taught middle school science and coached new teachers in Washington, DC. He has a BS in Environmental and Resource Science from University of California, Davis and an MA in Secondary Education – Biology from American University. He loves exploring within his community of Oakland, California.