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Civil and Environmental Engineering Students Win ACEC Scholarships

March 13, 2019

Two Northeastern Civil and Environmental Engineering students, Natasha Leipziger Mundis and Taylor Labbe, recently won scholarships through ACEC, the American Council of Engineering Companies. The group, which represents thousands of engineering businesses, aims to “strengthen the business environment for [their] member firms through government advocacy, political action, and business education.” ACEC scholarships award students who show exceptional academic and extracurricular success in engineering. Having won regional scholarships, the students are eligible to compete for a national ACEC award.

Natasha, BS/MS Civil Engineering ’21, was drawn to the major due to her childhood fascination with bridges. Growing up in The Hague, Netherlands, she had early exposure to state-of-the-art bridges in a country known for its world-class transportation systems. While at Northeastern, she has translated her classroom knowledge into real-world experience through her first co-op at Jacobs Engineering. “At Jacobs, I worked in the bridges department, and was able to help with drafting and some basic design for different projects for MBTA and MassDOT,” Natasha said. Her work also involved writing bridge inspections reports for MassDOT. Beyond her classroom studies, she works under the direction of Department Chair and CDM Smith Professor Jerome Hajjar, participating in his research on composite systems.

Natasha is extensively involved in student life. A member of the Steel Bridge Club, she served on last year’s build team. This year, she is working as a resident assistant, supervising the Women in Engineering community in Stetson West. “I am also a Husky Ambassador, and love to engage with prospective students and families,” she said.

Taylor Labbe, BS/MS Environmental Engineering ’21, won regional ACEC scholarships in both Massachusetts and her native state of Rhode Island. Taylor chose to study environmental engineering because of the vital importance of the profession to our everyday lives. “I believe it is one of the most tangible ways to make a lasting impact in the daily lives of those living within your community,” she said. Currently, she is working with Associate Teaching Professor Annalisa Onnis-Hayden to explore alternative water treatment methods using tidal-flow constructed wetland systems. Taylor has completed two co-ops; the first at Pare Corporation in Lincoln, RI, and an upcoming position in the water resource division of Kleinfelder’s Boston office. After graduation, she plans to work in consulting, before eventually pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering.