Sanders named one of 50 Women of the Year

Our very own Gwen Sanders, P.E., has recently been named one of 50 Women of the Year by New Orleans’ CityBusiness. Gwen is the executive vice president at Eustis Engineering. For the past 11 years, Mrs. Sanders has also served as the Engineering Department Manager, assigning projects, ensuring quality assurance, and developing ongoing design policies consistent with the standards of the profession. In this role, she also functions as a mentor to the engineering staff.

Gwendolyn Sanders, P.E.
Gwendolyn Sanders, P.E.

Gwen began working at Eustis Engineering shortly after receiving her master’s degree in engineering from the University of New Orleans (UNO) and will be celebrating 25 years with the company in January 2018.

“We are extremely lucky to have hired Gwen straight out of college,” President Randy Eustis said. “Her knowledge and experience gained in geotechnical engineering is a huge resource for our younger engineers.”

Gwen is a recognized and respected member of the Greater New Orleans engineering community. She serves as a committee chair at the branch level of the American Society of Civil Engineers and currently serves on the program committee for the Deep Foundations Institute’s conference in New Orleans later this year. Additionally, Gwen functions as an advisor at UNO for both a student chapter and to the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Outside the office, she and her husband are active volunteers with the Band Boosters at Jesuit High School, where their son is starting his fourth year in the band.

“I was so honored to even be nominated for Women of the Year and overwhelmed that I was actually selected,” Gwen said. “I’m grateful my hard work has been recognized. It has renewed my desire to accomplish even more.”

As women make up only 14 percent of the practicing engineers in the United States, Gwen serves as a role model for young women interested in engineering.

“Gwen has successfully balanced family, the profession’s standards, and work while maintaining other interests,” Eustis Engineering Board Chairman Bill Gwyn said. “Many in the engineering community know and respect Gwen. She has become one of the ‘faces’ of Eustis Engineering.”

The 19th annual “Women of the Year” luncheon will celebrate the honorees on 2 November at the Hyatt Regency. Congratulations, Gwen!

See the list of nominees.

Richards delivers soil study findings

Travis Richards, P.E., a Senior Project Manager and Vice President (Laboratory and Testing) at Eustis Engineering, presented findings from a recent soil sample study performed for the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

On 10 August, Travis outlined a summary of our findings to the Orleans Parish Water Quality Task Force. The title of the presentation was “Urban Soil Taxonomic Descriptions and Characterization of Soil Chemical Properties as Applied to Storm Water Management and Green Infrastructure.”

For the study, Eustis Engineering sampled soils and in-situ hydraulic conditions at 23 locations in New Orleans to support new storm water management practices incorporating green infrastructure.

Click here for more information on the soil sample study.

Shown are test results of soil samples collected at the University of New Orleans.
Shown are test results of soil samples collected at the University of New Orleans.

Desai sworn in as ASCE Branch President; Richards named Outstanding Civil Engineer

Project Engineer Karishma Desai, P.E., of Eustis Engineering was sworn in as New Orleans Branch president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on 21 July.

Dr. Tonja Koob, P.E., and Karishma Desai, P.E.
Dr. Tonja Koob, P.E., and Karishma Desai, P.E.

Ms. Desai has worked at Eustis Engineering since 2012 and has more than 12 years of experience in geotechnical engineering. Before the outgoing ASCE New Orleans Branch president, Dr. Tonja Koob, P.E., passed the gavel, Ms. Desai gave a speech touching on women in engineering and the need for outreach to young people who may be interested in engineering.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of the ASCE board and to work with such fine engineers: people who share my curiosity about the world around us,” Ms. Desai said during her speech at the ASCE luncheon, held at the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans. The luncheon was attended by approximately 80 people. “We’ve all heard the saying, ‘Behind every successful man is a woman,’ but it can also be said that behind one woman’s success are many other women,” Ms. Desai said. She listed the inspirational women in her own life as Eustis Engineering Executive Vice President and Engineering Manager Gwen Sanders, P.E.; and Koob, among others.

Dr. Tonja Koob, P.E.,  and Travis Richards, P.E.
Dr. Tonja Koob, P.E., and Travis Richards, P.E.

Travis Richards, P.E., Senior Project Manager and Vice President (Laboratory and Testing) at Eustis Engineering, was selected as Outstanding Civil Engineer by the ASCE New Orleans Branch.

Travis has spent 12 years at Eustis Engineering, for a total of 18 years of experience. Travis manages Eustis Engineering’s instrumentation programs and supervises the management of the drilling, construction materials testing, and laboratory departments in our Metairie office. He also is in charge of the oversight of the QA/QC for the company’s laboratory and CMT services.

“Receiving an award from your peers of this magnitude means a lot to me,” Mr. Richards said. “Having the opportunity to positively impact the people of your community through your profession is an immense blessing.”