Women's Networking Event

4-6 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 14 | Room 314 Butler-Carlton Hall

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

Female alumni this year include:

Academy of Civil Engineers Members

Becky Baltz

Becky Baltz

Becky is a senior project manager for TREKK Design Group. She brings more than 32 years of experience in transportation and roadway design. She earned her bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1984. Prior to joining TREKK, Becky was a district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s southwest district. In this role, she was responsible for more than 6,500 miles of roadways and 1,800 bridges, with an operating budget of more than $250 million. As the district engineer, she worked with many state and city leaders. She developed strong relationships with stakeholders and partnered with communities to maximize funds and complete projects. Becky played a role in several iconic projects while working for MoDOT. She led the conversion of U.S. Highway 71 to Interstate 49 between Joplin and Kansas City. She also directed the region’s first design-built project, U.S. Highway 60 Project Freeway, which was awarded the Design Build Institute National Award for Excellence.  

 Marsia Gelert-Murphey 

Marsia Geldert-Murphey

Marsia is the chief operating officer of W. James Taylor Inc. She earned a bachelor of science degree from South Dakota State University in 1992 and a master of science degree from Missouri S&T in 1997, both in civil engineering. She started her career with the Illinois Department of Transportation in Collinsville, Illinois, focused on construction and geotechnical engineering. She served on the field team that supervised the construction of the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Alton. Geldert-Murphey then entered private practice and rose to the level vice president at SCI Engineering Inc., then co-founded the 100 percent women-owned Kaskaskia Engineering Group, which grew from two employees to 45 in five years. She is an advisory board member at the South Dakota State University civil engineering department and St. Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. She is the current Region 7 director of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of ASCE’s board of directors. She holds NEPA and Transportation Decision making Process Certification and Context Sensitive Solutions Certification and has received the 2016 ASCE Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, the 2010 St. Louis Most Influential Business Woman Award, the 2010 Smart Women, Smart Money — Women on the Rise Award and the 1997 ASCE St. Louis Section Young Engineer of the Year Award.

 Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall

Stephanie is the program director for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s N2W Project. She earned bachelor of science degrees in economics and civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1990 and 1997, respectively. During her 20-plus-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, she has risen to program manager of the new $1 billion western regional headquarters proposed for construction in north St. Louis. The N2W Project is the responsibility of the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Hall is responsible for planning, design, procurement and construction oversight, and contract management. Prior to the NGA project, Hall held positions with several Corps districts, in Germany supporting U.S. European Commands, in Afghanistan as deputy chief of engineering and construction, and the Corps’ Hurricane Protection Office in New Orleans. She has received the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

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.


Amy Strauss

Amy began her engineering career as a co-op student with Springfield City Utilities. She has progressed through many aspects of the Utilities’ systems, including manager of power generation engineering at John Twitty Energy Center and most recently moving into a role as internal coach for the CU Great Game of Business. 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 very active with the Ozark Chapter of Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE). She 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. 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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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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Stephanie Klueken

Stephanie earned her bachelor degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 2015. She served in leadership positions with Cru and Tau Beta Pi and was involved with S&T’s Applied Language Institute, where she was able to meet and make friends with many international students. Since graduation, Stephanie has been working at Burns and McDonnell as a structural engineer in the transmission and distribution industry. She has designed structures and foundations for both transmission- and distribution-level substations for utility clients across the Midwest. She is also serving as an officer in the local Burns and McDonnell Toastmaster Club. She is excited to see what the future holds and is convinced that there has never been a better time to be a woman in engineering.

Bailey Manula Photo

Bailey Manula

Bailey earned her bachelor degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 2015. While on campus she was a Miner cheerleader and involved in the service organization Delta Omicron Lambda (DOL), which promotes women’s issue and unity among S&T students through community involvement. Since graduation, she has been working at Burns and McDonnell in the electrical transmission and distribution industry. She is currently managing high voltage transmission substation projects for a local utility company. In the future, Bailey plans to pursue her professional engineer licensure. She enjoys participating in outreach events to inspire future generations of female engineers.