BOSTON, MA – MAY 16, 2019 – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named Jessica Wala, PE, ENV, SP, LEED, AP,ND, a project engineer at Nitsch Engineering, as a Young Professional Award Winner.
Wala is a land development engineer, working with architects and developers to resolve their permitting, design, and construction challenges. For the ‘Fowler Clark Epstein Farm’ project in Mattapan, which restored a historic farm to an urban farming education and training center, Wala designed bioretention basins to treat rainwater through filtration and nutrient uptake by plants, to promote groundwater infiltration, and even grow edible blueberries. She later wrote an article “Rainwater and the Fowler Clark Farm,” which was published by BSCES News and Historic Boston Incorporated. Wala chaired the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Younger Member Group and serves on the Charles River Watershed Association board. She is a regular volunteer with the Greater Boston Food Bank and ‘Future City’; advising students at Harvard College.
The 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards were announced at the recent ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala with special guest emcees Jonathan L. Gulliver, Highway Administrator at MassDOT and Frederick A. Laskey, Executive Director of MWRA.
“We are pleased to recognize the next generation of engineering professionals,” said Michael J. Walsh, PE, President of ACEC/MA and Vice President of CDM Smith. “We congratulate Jessica on her outstanding achievements.”
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts engineering industry, representing over 120 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC. ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations. For more information on ACEC/MA, visit their website at www.acecma.org. ACEC/MA is undertaking an awareness campaign to educate the public on the many contributions engineers make (or the engineering innovations) in everyday life through their hash tag #EngineeringGoFigure.