Elizabeth Ruedas

Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities
Nominated Categories
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities
Other Categories
Awards:

• 2016 ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering Honoree
• 2016 ASCE Younger Member Group Award – ASCE OC YMF, Board Member
• 2016 ASCE Key Contact Spotlight Member
• 2016 Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) Participant
• 2016 ILSI Engineering Top 10 Women Trailblazers of Civil & Structural Engineering
• 2016 ASCE OC YMF Board Member Spotlight
• 2015 ASCE OC President’s Award
• 2015 ASCE OC YMF Vice President’s Award
• 2015 ASCE Best Practices Guide – Women in Engineering Panel

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Additional Information

Candidate Information

Name:
Elizabeth Ruedas
ASCE Member?:
Yes
Company:

CNC Engineering
255 N. Hacienda Blvd, Suite 222
City of Industry, CA 91744

Supervisor:
Education:

University of California, Irvine - BS Civil Engineering (2014)

Experience:

• ASCE State Government Relations Committee, Region 9 Member (2016 – Present)
• ASCE Committee on Younger Members, Programs Chair (2016 – Present)
• ASCE Raise the Bar Champion (2016 – Present)
• ASCE Key Contact Spotlight Member (2016)
• ASCE Region 9 Transportation Committee Member (2016 - Present)
• ASCE State Advocacy Captain (2015 – Present)
• ASCE OC Government Relations Committee Member (2014 – Present)
• Mobility 21 Volunteer & Attendee (2016)
• ASCE “Back Home” Meeting with U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (2016)
• State Funding Workshop with Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the California State Assembly (2016)
• Natural Disaster Preparedness Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (2016)
• ASCE “Back Home” Meeting with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (2016)
• Legislative Fly-In Attendee (2016)
• Sacramento Fly-In Attendee (2015 & 2016)

Comments:

Elizabeth is a phenomenal young engineer; her passion for civil engineering is infectious and her energy is unmatched. Her involvement with the ASCE Government Relations committee has increased interest younger members’s interest in legislative actions. She stays informed on legislative news and ensures that all members stay informed. Elizabeth has played a key role in growing the Government Relations committee and continues to expand the committee’s influence.

Contribution to the Profession:

ASCE Society:
• ASCE Committee on Younger Members, Programs Chair (2016 – Present)
• ASCE State Government Relations Committee, Region 9 Member (2016 – Present)
• ASCE 2016 New Face of Civil Engineering (2016 – Present)
• ASCE Raise the Bar Champion (2016 – Present)
• ASCE Key Contact Spotlight Member (2016)
• ASCE State Advocacy Captain (2015 – Present)

ASCE California (ASCE Region 9):
• ASCE Region 9 Transportation Committee Member (2016 - Present)

ASCE Orange County (ASCE OC):
• ASCE OC Secretary (2016 – Present)
• ASCE OC Webmaster (2014 – 2016)
• ASCE OC Social Committee Chair (2014 – 2016)
• ASCE OC Government Relations Committee Member (2014 – Present)

ASCE Orange County Younger Member Forum (ASCE OC YMF):
• ASCE OC YMF Secretary (2015 – 2016)
• ASCE OC YMF Webmaster (2014 – 2015)
• ASCE OC YMF Women in Engineering Panel, Committee Chair (2015)

Soroptimist International (SI):
• SI Leadership Advisor (2014 – 2016)
• SI Desert Coast Region Summit Committee (2015)

Phi Sigma Rho (Science and Engineering Sorority):
Vice-President of Public Relations (2013 – 2014)

Civic:

Elizabeth Ruedas, a Younger Member who plans to pursue a career in politics, has made it her personal and professional goal to tackle challenges that our engineering profession faces today. What do you get when civil engineering, minorities, social media, and government relations intersect? The opportunity to better serve our engineering community and the general public through effective communication, the ability to inspire younger generations and the potential to influence those in a position of power.

Through her local and national ASCE involvement, Elizabeth encourages legislative activities in everything that she does, while also promoting, developing, and implementing policies and programs that attract members of all ages and backgrounds. “Diversity drives innovation.” To do so, however, she understands that we need to encourage members of underrepresented groups and all ages to plan and participate in activities. Similarly, we must ensure that we are effectively communicating these opportunities to our members. This ensures that we all have “a seat at the table” where our voices, ideas and concerns can be heard.

Elizabeth has achieved these goals by not only recommending younger members and minorities within the profession to serve on Branch and Society level committees, but by also taking on positions that help her prepare members across the globe to serve in these roles. For example, as the ASCE Committee on Younger Members Programs Chair and ASCE Government Relations Committee Region 9 Member, Elizabeth will help develop the next generation of leaders and legislative advocates through various webinars, the Younger Member Leadership Symposium (YMLS), the Legislative Fly-In, the State Advocate Captain training and programming at various national conferences.

Locally, Elizabeth has facilitated the combination of various Branch and Younger Member Forum committees to ensure that ASCE OC promotes professional, ethical, and technical excellence in all members, including students and Younger Members. Similarly, Elizabeth has made outstanding contributions to the communication channels of ASCE OC to ensure that all members are well aware of upcoming events, opportunities, and also have access to the various resources made available to ASCE members.

Lastly, Elizabeth’s YouTube channel, which currently has over 10,000,000 views and 85,000 subscribers, will soon be transformed into B^3 (Beauty, Brains, Beast). “Beauty” will represent her hair and makeup tutorials, “Brains” her contributions to the engineering profession, and “Beast” her workouts, meal prepping and healthy lifestyle. She hopes to serve as a role model to young girls and minorities across the globe, while also sharing her passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with others.

Suggested Award Summary:

Elizabeth Ruedas, a Younger Member who plans to pursue a career in politics, has made it her personal and professional goal to tackle challenges that our engineering profession faces today. What do you get when civil engineering, minorities, social media, and government relations intersect? The opportunity to better serve our engineering community and the general public through effective communication, the ability to inspire younger generations and the potential to influence those in a position of power.

Through her local and national ASCE involvement, Elizabeth encourages legislative activities in everything that she does, while also promoting, developing, and implementing policies and programs that attract members of all ages and backgrounds. “Diversity drives innovation.” To do so, however, she understands that we need to encourage members of underrepresented groups and all ages to plan and participate in activities. Similarly, we must ensure that we are effectively communicating these opportunities to our members. This ensures that we all have “a seat at the table” where our voices, ideas and concerns can be heard.

Elizabeth has achieved these goals by not only recommending younger members and minorities within the profession to serve on Branch and Society level committees, but by also taking on positions that help her prepare members across the globe to serve in these roles. For example, as the ASCE Committee on Younger Members Programs Chair and ASCE Government Relations Committee Region 9 Member, Elizabeth will help develop the next generation of leaders and legislative advocates through various webinars, the Younger Member Leadership Symposium (YMLS), the Legislative Fly-In, the State Advocate Captain training and programing at various national conferences.
Locally, Elizabeth has facilitated the combination of various Branch and Younger Member Forum committees to ensure that ASCE OC promotes professional, ethical, and technical excellence in all members, including students and Younger Members. Similarly, Elizabeth has made outstanding contributions to the communication channels of ASCE OC to ensure that all members are well aware of upcoming events, opportunities, and also have access to the various resources made available to ASCE members.

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