Trine Alum Recognized
New Face of Civil Engineering, an award presented by ASCE to only 10 civil engineers each year.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) named Ben Groeneweg, 25, a Trine University civil engineering graduate and Archbold, Ohio native, a New Face of Civil Engineering, an award presented by ASCE to only 10 civil engineers each year. The program is designed to recognize young talent under the age of 30 by highlighting their contributions and impact on society.
"I first wanted to be a transportation engineer, but after doing a summer internship with city utilities, my interests changed. In sewer and water nothing is cut and dry, every situation is different and provides a whole new set of challenges. There’s no cookie-cutter solution like you might get with some engineering jobs," said Groeneweg, an engineer with Fort Wayne City Utilities.
Ben was chosen for the honor because of his impact as an engineer for planning and design of water resources, his involvement in the long-term control plan to reduce combined sewer overflows, and his efforts in trenchless pipe rehabilitation.
ASCE also recognized Ben for his efforts outside of his job, with his involvement with his church as a Sunday School teacher, his involvement as a tutor with the Fort Wayne Community Schools Study Connection program, and his role in volunteering to serve meals at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission every Monday.
"This is a tremendous honor for Ben. He´s an outstanding young man and an outstanding engineer. In this time when it´s critical for communities to retain and attract young professionals we are honored and fortunate to have employees like Ben here in Fort Wayne," said Mayor Tom Henry.
The New Faces of Engineering strives to promote and showcase young engineering talent. ASCE created the program to encourage college engineering students to explore a variety of career options and to encourage high school students to study engineering in college.