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.
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.