Academy of civil engineers Networking Event

4-6 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 13 | Room 314 Butler-Carlton Hall

All Missouri S&T students are invited to visit with civil, architectural and environmental engineering alumni and learn about their experiences and successes in the industry and talk about what to expect in the working world.

Alumni this year include:


Academy of Civil Engineers Members

 Claudia Hoeft

Claudia Hoeft

Claudia earned her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1990 and started her exemplary hydraulic engineering career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Columbia, Mo. Since then she served the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Indiana, again in Missouri, and in Arkansas, being promoted several times. Since 2005, Claudia has served as the NRCS National Hydraulic Engineer in Washington, D.C. In her position, Claudia provides critical direction for engineering practice with specific leadership for hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of watersheds, floodplains, wetlands, agricultural and urban lands, and streams for NRCS water resource projects. She oversees and coordinates with other NRCS engineering specialists on policy regarding earthen embankment dams constructed through the NRCS Watershed and Flood Prevention Program, as well as other hydraulic structures constructed with assistance provided to landowners through various NRCS-administered programs. She authored, co-authored, or served as editor for portions of the NCRS National Engineering Handbook (NEH) on Hydrology and NEH on Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting.


Dr. Robert “Bob” Holmes Jr. 

Bob is chief of the water cycle and hydrodynamics branch for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from S&T in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 2003. He has served in a number of positions for USGS including national flood hazard coordinator and director of the Illinois Water Science Center. Holmes oversees national-level USGS research in areas related to river hydrodynamics, sediment transport and the hydrologic processes that make up the water cycle. He is also an adjunct professor in S&T’s civil, architectural and environmental engineering department, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on water resource engineering topics. He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a fellow of the Environment and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), a diplomat in the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), past president of the Mid-Missouri Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is currently serving as the president of the Missouri S&T Academy of Civil Engineers.

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LaWanda Jones

LaWanda is corporate marketing manager for ABNA Engineering Inc. She earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1991 and earned her MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2007 and a community development degree from Saint Louis University in 2008. LaWanda’s engineering career began with an internship at Consolidation Coal Co. (CONSOL) ensuing project experiences throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She also holds professional engineering licensure in most of these states. Her career continued at ABNA Engineering Inc., providing project management and civil designs in site design, complex utility projects, planning, environmental and historical compliance, water and wastewater resources, and community engagement. During Jones’ 30 years of experience, she developed a portfolio of engineering leadership on a number of exciting capital projects, some of which plunged her 700 feet below ground and dangled her over 225 feet in the air (of course with a bedazzled safety harness). Jones loves learning and uses her motivating spirit to attract the next generation of engineers into the science and technology field.


Amy Strauss

Amy began her engineering career as a co-op student with Springfield City Utilities and recently retired as manager of power generation engineering of the John Twitty Energy Center. She earned her bachelor of science and master of science (structures focus) degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1990 and 1991, respectively. Over the years, Amy has been active with the Ozark Chapter of Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE). She has chaired Missouri S&T’s Civil Engineering Department’s Advisory Council, has co-chaired the Greater Ozarks Chapter, American Red Cross’ “Every Day Heroes Event,” and served as Board Chair of the Red Cross Chapter, assisting the Red Cross efforts to acquire and renovate a building for office expansion. Amy is a past president of the Missouri S&T Academy of Civil Engineers and Mid-Missouri Section of ASCE. Following the Joplin tornado, Amy was deployed as part of SEMA’s Structural Assessment Visual Evaluation Team. Amy was the 1998 ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineer of the Year and the 2000 NSPE National Young Engineer of the Year.


Civil Engineering Alumni

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Alissha Feeler

Alissha earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 2000 and 2004 respectively and is a licensed professional engineer in both Missouri and Arkansas. A senior project manager for Archer-Elgin Engineering, Surveying and Architecture, she has spent her career in engineering consulting for both the public and private sector. Her areas of expertise include the design and analysis of wastewater treatment facilities including tertiary treatment and advanced nutrient removal; wastewater collection and conveyance systems; drinking water storage and distribution systems; and stormwater development, conveyance, detention and treatment. She is an active member of the Water Environment Federation.

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Paula Hart

Paula is the principal/owner of Hart Engineering, LLC, and is a licensed civil engineer in both Missouri and Illinois. She earned her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 2000. She has coordinated many projects with owners, permitting agencies, teaming consultants, utility companies and contractors. Her 18 years of experience includes the following areas of expertise: site development with commercial and residential projects in the St. Louis Metro area on sites ranging from parking lots and building layouts to storm water facilities; transportation on private and public roadways; Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) sewer projects and coordination on numerous site and transportation projects; community involvement with homeowners to explain and obtain proposed easements, assisting with public meetings for projects and presenting to planning and zoning boards. Paula is an active member of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, the Miner Alumni Association, the St. Louis Alumni Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha and was awarded the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year for the St. Louis Engineers’ Club of St. Louis.

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Sarah Jemison

Sarah earned her bachelor of science degrees in civil and architectural engineering and master of science degree (structures focus) in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in the spring and fall of 2018, respectively. While on campus she was a Greenberg Scholar, mechanics of material lab assistant, and was also involved with the Steel Bridge Design Team and Chi Epsilon. Since graduation, she has been working at KPFF Consulting Engineers in St. Louis as a structural engineer. She is currently focused on structural renovations of buildings constructed between 1890-1970, as well as steel connection design. In the future, Sarah plans to pursue her structural engineer licensure (SE).