Student Spotlight: Maria Gibbs: A "new face" in Engineering

Author: Clare Kossler

maria_gibbs Now a board member of Bridges to Prosperity, Maria Gibbs, graduate student in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, said the main focus of her doctoral studies is determining the structural soundness of the footbridges built by the organization.

Notre Dame Ph.D. candidate Maria Gibbs was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of the 2015 New Faces in Civil Engineering on Dec. 2.

According to an ASCE press release, the award “promotes the bold and humanitarian future of civil engineering by highlighting the achievements of young civil engineers, their contributions to and impact on society.”

One-of-10 recipients of the award, Gibbs said she researches the effects of wind on suspension footbridges, specifically those built in developing countries by the nonprofit organization Bridges to Prosperity.

The press release said ASCE will officially recognize Gibbs for her work with Bridges to Prosperity at the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala in March.

Read the full story in the The Observer.